Joe Biden: We Will ‘Welcome Ukrainian Refugees with Open Arms’

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President Joe Biden promised Friday to welcome Ukrainian refugees to the United States, even as growing numbers of Ukrainian economic migrants have started arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.

“We’re going to welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms if, in fact, they come all the way here,” Biden told a March 11 meeting of House legislators.

But Biden’s promise was conditional — “if, in fact, they come all the way here” — which suggested that he does not intend to airlift Ukrainian refugees from the war zone.

However, refugees from the Ukraine are already flying into Mexico intending to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, under the easy migration rules set by Biden’s pro-migration border chief, Alejandro Mayorkas.

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.

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.”

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