US Bishops' Critique Biden Administration's "Uniting for Ukraine" Process “We call on the Administration...to ensure Ukrainians seeking refuge in the United States are truly welcomed..."
U.S. Bishops’ President and Migration Chairman Respond to U.S. Government’s “Uniting for Ukraine” Initiative
WASHINGTON - On April 21, the Biden Administration announced the creation of “Uniting for Ukraine,” a streamlined process for displaced Ukrainians seeking to enter the United States. The program relies heavily on humanitarian parole, a mechanism in U.S. immigration law that grants individuals authorization to enter the United States for a temporary period of time. While parole provides eligibility for work authorization, it does not authorize recipients to receive the same services and benefits provided to refugees resettled through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, nor does parole provide a pathway to permanent legal status in the United States. Parole has also been used to relocate Afghans to the United States in recent months, though Congress has authorized members of that population to receive the same services and benefits as formal refugees.