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Inequity at the US-Mexico Border: Ukrainians Seeking Safety and Implications for US Asylum Processing


In the weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, thousands of Ukrainians sought protection at the US-Mexico border. More than 20,000 Ukrainians were successfully processed, mainly through one port of entry, when they were granted an exception from the Title 42 mass expulsions policy and granted humanitarian parole. This backgrounder covers how this processing took place and lessons learned from it. It also describes how the Biden administration has used parole programs as a replacement for access to asylum.

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