Outrage grows as Biden diverts Border Patrol agents from U.S. border to aid Ukraine border

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Amid a U.S. border crisis, President Biden is diverting Customs and Border Protection officers from the strained United States southern border to send overseas to help at the Ukrainian border.

A memo issued by the CBP’ office of field operations requested border patrol volunteers to be immediately deployed to Poland in support of “Operation Ukraine Support,” according to a report by Just The News.

The memo sent to field operations executives stated:

“The Office of Field Operations is seeking volunteers to assist with the possible evacuation of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their immediate family members from Ukraine.

“Eligible employees who volunteer for this situation may be selected to serve a temporary duty assignment in Poland to facilitate travelers for entry into the U.S., to include providing guidance and problems resolution to other government agencies.”

As international humanitarian groups warned that the Russian invasion could trigger a major exodus from Ukraine, some refugee resettlement leaders in the United States called on the Biden administration to prepare to welcome people fleeing the war.

David Duea, president of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, called resettling Ukrainian refuges inside the U.S. a “moral imperative”:

“It will be our moral imperative to welcome Ukrainian refugees, as we have been doing for decades.”

However, the U.S. refugee program has been strained beyond limits trying to place 70,000 evacuees from Afghanistan following the disastrous pull out from the war-torn country in August.

Bill Frelick, director of the refugee and migrant rights division of Human Rights Watch, said funding cuts during the Trump administration have left nonprofits involved in resettlement, and that keeping refugees overseas would be a better solution:

“Right now, our resettlement capacity, which was decimated under the Trump administration, is strained to the limits.

Establishing camps, if needed in places like Poland, would be a much higher imperative than planning for refugee resettlement at this emergency stage.”

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