(Mexico) – Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is set to become a major issue for the United States, a report on Friday said.
Washington investigators have noted that Mexican authorities are now dealing with a wave of Russian asylum seekers in Tijuana trying to enter the United States through the region. A growing number of Russians are setting up tent camps in the northern border town.
Russian immigrants who have fled their homeland in the war Vladimir Putin is waging against Ukraine have been living south of the port of San Isidro for the past few weeks. San Isidro is the busiest port of entry into the Western Hemisphere and connects Tijuana, Baja California with San Diego, California.
Immigrants from Ukraine and Russia increasingly flew to Tijuana, then came to the port of entry to seek asylum because they could not fly directly to the United States.
Unlike Ukrainians, whose Biden administration has allowed U.S. border officials to enter the country as asylum seekers, Russian asylum seekers are being denied entry and forced to wait indefinitely in Tijuana.
A Russian man named “Mike” told Border Reports that he had fled his homeland with his wife to seek “independence” in the United States.
“It’s Putin’s fault, not mine. “The Russian people are good people,” he told the Associated Press.
As of Thursday, Mexican officials had not forced Russian immigrants out of their temporary tent community. But last week, the Tijuana city government instructed people sitting near the port to clear the area and move to shelters where they could stay free of charge, the Border Report added.
The letter, delivered in Russian and Spanish to Russian immigrants, states that they “cannot reside in a federal and international territory between Mexico and the United States.
The letter added that Russian immigrants should not seek asylum in the United States by entering ports, as this would negatively affect their claims.
Enrique Lucero, director of the Tijuana Immigration Office, wrote, “We recommend that you do not attempt to enter the United States and risk your physical condition and may later be punished during the asylum process.”
“Officers say Ukraine, yes, not the Russians,” Mike Border told the report.
Meanwhile, Fox News reports that a team of attorneys is already assisting Ukrainians in the United States and their families in the country.
One of them, Erica Quran, an assistant professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, told the network that she and others felt the need to get involved as soon as Russia invaded Ukraine.
“As soon as we started listening to the situation in Ukraine, we knew we would probably be given temporary protection,” the Quran said. “We wanted to see how we could help people and get involved in providing assistance.”
Fox News adds:
The Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that Ukrainian immigrants would be eligible for temporary protection status living in the United States from March 1, which would allow eligible individuals to obtain work permits and protect them from deportation.
Temporary protected status allows immigrants from foreign countries affected by armed conflict, environmental disasters or other “extraordinary and temporary conditions” to stay in the country for 18 months.
About 4,000 Ukrainians faced deportation at the time of the announcement, CBS News reported. DHS estimates the move could help 75,100 Ukrainian migrants to the United States
A team of U.S. attorneys is also trying to help Ukrainian immigrants find their families in the United States, the Quran says.
Quran said the group of attorneys was helping Ukrainian immigrants bring their family members to the United States.
“Some people are still trying to bring families on tourist visas temporarily,” he told Fox News. “There are situations where people are trying to get families who can’t go to the United States with tourist visas to other countries or to Mexico.”
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