Ukrainian Immigrants in the United States
Over 71,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the U.S. since the Biden administration announced in March that the U.S. will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion within their country. Data from the Department of Homeland Security suggests that most of those who have entered the U.S. came on visas they held or through crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but not through the Biden administration’s Uniting for Ukraine web portal which allows Americans to sponsor Ukrainians they know.
More than 22,000 Ukrainians have crossed the southern border since March 24. DHS has reported that more than 15,000 Ukrainians have entered the U.S. after being approved for sponsorship online and it is expected that an additional 23,000 have been approved but not yet traveled to the U.S.
Refugee advocates point out that most of the Ukrainians have not come via the Biden administration’s Uniting for Ukraine website.