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Welcome Ukrainians to Our Country

Betsy McCaughey on

President Joe Biden is promising that America will take 100,000 displaced Ukrainians. He's pretending to be magnanimous. Truth is, it's a pathetically small number -- a mere 3% of the mostly women and children fleeing Russian bombs.

Poland, by comparison, is currently housing 2.2 million Ukrainians, and other European countries are stepping up, allowing hundreds of thousands to live and work within their borders. Meanwhile, the U.S. has done almost nothing. In January and February, the U.S. admitted 514 Ukrainian refugees, and in the first two weeks of March, Biden's dysfunctional State Department took in seven.

Most Americans support welcoming Ukrainians, polls show. Is Biden kowtowing to his party's left-wing extremists who claim that the outpouring of compassion for Ukrainians is because they're white?

Washington Post columnist Rokhaya Diallo claims that white people see "war and misery" as the "normal state of Black and brown people." H.A. Hellyer, also for the Washington Post, claims the eagerness to help Ukrainians reflects a Western "double standard" that "dehumanize(s) non-White populations." That's racist garbage.

Here are the facts: The U.S. refugee program gives overwhelming preference to nonwhites, allocating about 40% of refugee admissions to displaced Africans and only 10% to refugees from Europe and Central Asia combined.

Americans are rallying to help Ukrainians not because of their white skin but because of their courage and values. Ukrainians are fighting for democracy and resisting totalitarian domination with all the strength they can muster. Ordinary people are arming themselves, assembling homemade bombs and confronting Russian tanks. The free world is cheering them on, but the valor seems lost on Biden.

 

On Saturday, he commented to the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, that Americans understand the burden on Poland because "we have on our southern border thousands of people a day -- literally, not figuratively -- trying to get into the United States."

Does Biden actually believe the lawlessness at America's southern border is equivalent to Ukraine's situation? Illegal migration across that border is continuous and opportunistic, surging now because of Biden's tacit nonenforcement. That surge has brought with it families eager for a better life in the U.S. but also MS-13 gang violence and an epidemic of fentanyl-laced drug deaths. The vast majority of southern border crossers are men, not women and children fleeing a war while their husbands and fathers stay behind to fight.

Americans are polarized about how to handle illegal immigration -- a difficult issue. But they are eager to welcome Ukrainian war victims, according to Gallup and Pew Research.

New Yorkers are especially eager. New York City and Syracuse boast large Ukrainian populations.

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