Support Ukrainians in the USA and Abroad
On the morning of February 24, Americans woke up to news of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine and people trying to flee the country, after weeks of tension and fear.
While targeted sanctions can sometimes be effective in pressuring governments toward diplomacy, many of the solutions to the conflict being considered right now—such as broader sanctions and sending more weapons to Ukraine—will only deepen the crisis and make diplomacy more difficult. This will cause more hardship and suffering for innocent civilians across the region.
In addition, a large-scale movement of people fleeing the conflict could lead to the largest movement of refugees in Europe since 2015. Estimates say that up to 5 million people may be displaced. If so, this would be three times the number of people displaced following Russia’s invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and five times the number of refugees that fled Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in 2015-2016. Ukraine’s European neighbors will bear the brunt of this refugee influx and we must stand ready to support them.
Join us in urging the Biden administration to support Ukrainians here and abroad by:
- Providing significant humanitarian assistance both in terms of financial support and operational personnel.
- Rebuilding a robust, well-resourced refugee program that can effectively process refugees from a variety of regions across the globe, including Ukraine.
- Designating Ukraine for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to protect Ukrainians already in the U.S.
- Granting Special Student Relief (SSR) to allow eligible students from Ukraine to remain in the U.S.
After sending a message to the administration, join us in calling on Congress to:
- Urgently pass an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for foreign humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, where most of the emergency funding would go to helping Ukrainian refugees in Europe.
Tell the Biden Administration and Congress to support Ukrainians here and abroad.
Further reading: Read the Joint Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine