Biden: “We are going to welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms if in fact they come all the way here” pic.twitter.com/eVY1icI6PV
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 11, 2022
Several Ukrainian families are already appearing at the U.S. border, and at least one family has been admitted by Mayorkas, according to tweets from business-backed, pro-migration activists.
HAPPENING NOW: Just received word of more Ukrainian refugee families waiting at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. We will need HELP welcoming them and other refugees at the CA border. Please, if you think you might be able to come, sign up to volunteer! https://t.co/9WnGID6jYO
— Erika Pinheiro (@eeerox) March 11, 2022
VP Harris committed to taking in more Ukrainian refugees on an overseas trip Thursday, but just hours earlier, a Ukrainian family had been barred from claiming asylum at the US-MX border.
That family has now been let into the US. More on what unfolded: https://t.co/Q9e0FV4wRY
— Priscilla Alvarez (@priscialva) March 10, 2022
The Ukrainian family was admitted even though it could have asked for asylum in Mexico, Poland, or other European countries.
Ukrainians lose their refugee status once they leave the first safe country they reach after leaving the war zone in Ukraine. By declining to stay in the first safe country, they convert into routine economic migrants as they pass through successive safe countries — Germany and Mexico, for examples — as they try to get into the United States.
More Ukrainians are expected to make the migration through safe Germany, through safe Mexico, in a reach for residency and jobs in the United States.
“This is about to become a torrent,” Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) told the New York Times. “You are going to have destitute Ukrainians and hungry Russians.”
— Erika Pinheiro (@eeerox) March 12, 2022