US detains over 5,000 migrants from Ukraine

The March arrests of Ukrainians by the border police were nearly five-fold higher than those made in February.

According to figures from the US Customs and Border Protection Monday, 5,071 Ukrainians were held at US border in March.

This spike is due to the continuing military conflict between Russia, Ukraine. The number of failed illegal entry attempts has increased fivefold since February, when only over 1,100 Ukrainians were held at the border. The vast majority of detained Ukrainians were captured by US border patrol at the southwest border.

According to data, over the last few years the number of Ukrainians being detained as they attempt to enter the US has remained steady at below 1,000 per month. In the midst of an increase in US border security detentions, there was an influx from Ukraine. The border detention rate was up to 250,000 in March compared with 190,000. A vast majority of the people seeking to get into the US – some 220,000 – were apprehended at the Mexico border.

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According to the Washington Post, many detained Ukrainians were finally released on American soil. They had been granted humanitarian parole. US officials extended temporary protected status for Ukrainians to 18 more months Monday.

Joe Biden had earlier pledged that the US would take in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing violence. Five million refugees fled Ukraine after Russia launched an extensive military attack against Ukraine late February.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself as a neutral state and that it will not join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.



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