Tens of thousands of Ukrainians in the United States will be temporarily protected from deportation by the Biden administration. They will also be given work licenses for as long as they cannot return to Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict with Russia. Any Ukrainian resident in the United States who has been here since March 1 or earlier is eligible for 18 months of Temporary Protected Status.
The action comes after Russia began a full-fledged land, air and sea invasion of Ukraine. In his State of the Union Address earlier this week, President Joe Biden labeled the attack “premeditated and unprovoked.”
According to the reports, as retaliation for Putin’s conflict in Ukraine, US President Joe Biden said in his State of the Union Address that the US will shut off Russian planes from American airspace to “squeeze” the Russian economy. During the crisis, he also offered further help to the Ukrainian people and called for an end to Russia’s annexation.
Moreover, Ukrainian nationals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States will be entitled to stay in the country when their visas expire for the duration of the status. TPS status for Ukrainians in the United States will allow them to get work permits and remain in the country. “Russia’s deliberate and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an unending war, needless violence and Ukrainians being forced to flee to other nations,” Kelly added.
More than a million Ukrainians have fled their country, seeking safety in western European countries. According to UNICEF, half a million of these migrants are children, which might be Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Earlier Thursday, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement halted deportation flights to Ukraine.
“He had rarely seen an exodus as swift as this one,” says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “The only way to stop this tragedy is via peace,” he argues. The outpouring of international sympathy has been heartening. Nothing, however, can replace the necessity for firearms to be quiet.