President Joe Biden recently sent an emergency supplemental funding request to Congress for $33 billion in aid to Ukraine. However, the administration used the opportunity to sneak in unlawful immigration benefits for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian, Afghan, and Russian immigrants — paid for by the American people and at the expense of lawful applicants who have been waiting years to properly immigrate to the U.S.
The emergency request includes $1.2 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services with a nod to the Department of Homeland Security’s Uniting for Ukraine program. This portion of the funding request includes robust and increased blanket immigration provisions for Ukrainians, Afghans, and Russians in the science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — fields.
One of the most curious categories mentioned is the Russian STEM professionals. With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, it is surprising that the administration believes it will “ benefit ” U.S. national security interests to peel back employer-sponsor requirements and expedite an unlimited number of applications from this foreign adversary.
Normally, these Russian nationals would be subject to visa caps that would limit the number allowed to enter the U.S. each year. This certainly seems like the Biden administration’s latest radical, opportunistic attempt to get around those caps one country at a time. And to start with Russia is just national security incompetence.
As far as refugees from Ukraine are concerned, of course, they are trying to escape a terrible crisis, and we should absolutely support the country’s efforts to combat Russia’s invasion. However, that does not mean that Biden or his Department of Homeland Security should get a free pass to once again disregard our nation’s immigration laws.
Just as the Biden administration did with Afghan evacuees , it is wildly abusing the humanitarian parole system for Ukrainians.
Humanitarian parole allows people who might not normally be eligible for admission into the United States to be in the U.S. for a temporary period for urgent humanitarian reasons. Parole was always meant to be used rarely, with strict grounds of inadmissibility in mind, on a case-by-case basis, and for a temporary period of time. Not so under the Biden and other Democrat administrations.
BY ERIN DWINELL
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