We Are A Nation Of Caring.
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. This unprovoked aggression came in the form of tanks, missiles, and armed soldiers encroaching on the sovereignty of Ukraine. As of February 26, an estimated 352 civilians have been killed and 1,684 have been wounded so far.
The invasion has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine, with the United Nations estimating over 422,000 refugees attempting to escape from Ukraine in the wake of Putin’s aggression. These refugees need a place to go.
In response, bordering nations have begun accepting refugees from Ukraine; Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova have mobilized to receive Ukrainian refugees and provide shelter, food, and legal assistance. These nations are doing everything they can to ensure Ukrainians can get out of the country as fast as they can. As a result of the massive influx of refugees fleeing Ukraine, lines at these border crossings have become massive with cars lined up for nine miles.
The nations surrounding Ukraine should not be the only ones shouldering the brunt of the wave of Ukrainian refugees – and other nations agree. Many nations, such as Ireland, have lifted visa requirements of Ukrainians allowing Ukrainian refugees to enter without hassle. Several European nations are preparing themselves for the influx of Ukrainian refugees and have already started to provide humanitarian aid. The United States should follow suit by –
1. Providing additional humanitarian assistance on Ukrainian borders to help streamline the process of getting Ukrainians out of the country.
2.Raising the annual cap on the number of refugees admitted into the United States.
3. Offering refugee status to any Ukrainian wishing to resettle in the United States.
4. Granting requests of Humanitarian Parole to all Ukrainian nationals who flee to the United States.
The United States must also issue Special Student Relief (SSR), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to eligible Ukrainians in the United States to ensure they are not deported back to Ukraine in the middle of this war.
The UN has stated that the number of refugees fleeing from Ukraine to other nations could rise to almost five million. The United States must play its part as a global leader to help these refugees as much as it can! With these policy initiatives, the world can come together and provide meaningful aid to Ukrainians who lost their homes due to Putin's senseless violence.
As I have mentioned previously. I stand with the people of Ukraine. If anyone personally wants to assist the people of Ukraine, I encourage you to support these organizations dedicated to providing assistance to the people of Ukraine –
International Rescue Committee - https://bit.ly/3vjRz95
The IRC is working to quickly mobilize resources and connect with partners in Ukraine and Poland to establish a response that will provide life-saving support to civilians forced to flee their homes.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency - https://bit.ly/3t4djD8
The UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible. They are also working with governments in neighboring countries, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection.
CARE - https://bit.ly/3IoOIPY
In partnership with People in Need, CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund aims to reach four million people with emergency assistance – particularly innocent families, women and girls, and the elderly who are likely to suffer the most by this crisis.
Project HOPE - https://bit.ly/3snoGai
Project HOPE is actively shipping essential medicines and medical supplies to affected areas. They are also activating an emergency response team in Ukraine to provide immediate health and humanitarian relief.
United Help Ukraine - https://bit.ly/3M0YYA6
United Help Ukraine provides assistance to many in Ukraine by providing medical supplies for those injured in Ukraine and helping organize clothing drives for the families that lost their loved ones.
GlobalGiving - https://bit.ly/3hhUU0b
Global Giving is an organization that provides financial assistance to local organizations in Ukraine to assist relief efforts. Currently, they are helping fund projects to provide assistance and medical care to children in Ukraine and ensure that Ukrainian refugees are able to get a fresh start.