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US immigration authorities arrested more than 5,000 migrants from Ukraine in March

U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained more than 5,000 Ukrainians at U.S. land, sea and air borders in March, according to new data released Monday.

CBP reported a total of 5,071 detained Ukrainians last month. That’s a significant increase from the 1,146 people arrested in February. The CBP arrested most of the Ukrainians at the US-Mexico border. Data shows a total of 3,274 were arrested at the south-west border, another large increase from just 272 Ukrainians arrested there in February.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that the Biden administration is extending temporary protective status for Ukrainians by an additional 18 months. DHS said the appointment will allow eligible Ukrainians to remain in the United States and apply for work permits.

President Biden earlier said the US would welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing the war with Russia.

The United Nations reports that more than 4.9 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began on February 24. Most Ukrainians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, including Poland, Romania, Hungary and Moldova. The vast majority, almost 2.8 million Ukrainian refugees, have sought refuge in Poland.

Ukrainian refugees arrive at the Siret border crossing between Romania and Ukraine on April 18, 2022.
Ukrainian refugees arrive at the Siret border crossing between Romania and Ukraine on April 18, 2022.
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https://nypost.com/2022/04/19/us-immigration-officials-detain-more-than-5000-migrants-from-ukraine-in-march/ US immigration authorities arrested more than 5,000 migrants from Ukraine in March

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