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Thousands of Ukrainians waiting in Tijuana to cross into U.S.

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An estimated 1,700 Ukrainians have arrived in Tijuana in recent weeks and are waiting to cross the Mexico border into the United States. Roughly 400 Ukrainians, about 30% of which are women and children, arrived in Tijuana just last weekend, indicating an uptick in migrants coming from Ukraine as the Russian invasion carries on in their homeland.

Enrique Lucero, Tijuana’s migration affairs director, said “they will continue to arrive” and be transferred to a sports center that was converted into a government shelter just north of the city, as well as “improvised camps near the international port of entry, which connects Tijuana and California” reports The Foreign Desk.

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus released a statement saying the agency is ramping up personnel and resources at the southwest border as the Biden administration lifts a “pandemic-era policy that effectively shut down asylum at the border.”

Just weeks ago, President Joe Biden said the United States would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians to resettle in the U.S. this year. It is unclear as to whether Ukrainians coming in through the southern border with Mexico will be considered among that number.

On Friday, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said his department has sent 600 law enforcement officers to the border and would add more if needed.

Since removing the pandemic-era policy, Lucero said he was hopeful that the U.S. officials would speed up processing of Ukrainian migrants. “This week is key, but the number of those who need a place to stay will decrease” as U.S. agents increase processing capacity, he said.

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  1. Robin

    April 6, 2022 at 10:01 am

    The women and children coming from Ukraine are indeed asylum seekers as their country is being ravaged by Russian soldiers. I would much rather welcome them into the U.S. instead of the men coming over with criminal records than span from drug and human trafficking to sex offenders!

  2. Wyatt Wall

    April 7, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    How does a common American fight this peacefully??

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Two dozen states sending National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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“The border is secure” says Vice President Kamala Harris; yet almost two dozen states are sending up to 2,500 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The assistance is aimed at helping federal immigration officials handle the border crisis.

“Groups that support tougher immigration restrictions say the deployment of the National Guard troops will help overburdened federal agencies deal with the surge of illegal immigration”, reports the Center Square.

The deployments were requested by the U.S. Department of Defense and Republican-led states like Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as Democratic-led states such as Rhode Island and Illinois will all be sending assistance. Other states sending troops include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, DOD officials said.

“Several other states – Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington – will be providing National Guard aviation support for border operations, according to the department.”

“The U.S. Virgin Islands has also committed National Guard troops to the mission, which is being overseen by the U.S. Northern Command.”

The Center Square reports:

The troops were requested by DOD to assist U.S. Border Patrol in dealing with a surge of illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs into the country. The troops will work only in support missions, a Defense Department spokesman said, and are prohibited under federal law from detaining undocumented migrants or others caught crossing into the United States illegally…

…The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border more than 1.8 million times since October, breaking previous records, according to the agency. The Center Square, through its sources, reported in August the number of illegal entries is nearly 5 million since Biden began to occupy the White House in January 2020.

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