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The US has granted temporary protection to thousands of Ukrainian citizens from deportation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement on March 3 that it had created an 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Ukrainians living in the US since March 1.
“The Russian premeditated attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in the statement.
“In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian citizens in the United States,” Mayorkas added.
The TPS program allows eligible individuals to apply for work permits without the risk of being evicted, as long as they pass security and background checks, the statement said.
According to the DHS, about 75,000 Ukrainian citizens are expected to benefit from the program, The Washington Post reported. These include Ukrainians on temporary student, tourist or business visas, according to CBS News. Ukrainians living in the US without legal authorization may also qualify, the broadcaster reported.
Experts from Syracuse University estimate that nearly 4,000 Ukrainians are already facing deportation proceedings in the US.
Calls from senators and immigrant advocacy groups prompted DHS to grant protection to Ukrainian citizens in the US, according to The Post. Lawmakers — including 40 Democratic and two Republican senators — wrote a letter to President Joe Biden on Feb. 28, urging the government to grant protection to Ukrainians.
“It is, of course, too dangerous for Ukrainian nationals to return to Ukraine because of the ongoing armed conflict,” the letter said. “As a nation, we must do our part to protect the security of Ukrainians in the US by designating Ukraine for TPS.”
The DHS said the invasion of Ukraine is the “biggest conventional military action in Europe since World War II” and has led to a massive “humanitarian crisis”.
There are three legal bases for designating a country as TPS: armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary circumstances. According to the DHS, a country must fall in at least one of these bases for its nationals to qualify for immigration assistance.
More than a million refugees have fled Ukraine since late February, when Russia invaded Ukraine for the first time.
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