March 03, 2022

Congressman Neguse Advocates for Ukrainian Refugees in Light of Russia Invasion

Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse, the son of African refugees, is advocating for the U.S. to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing Ukraine and to designate Temporary Protected Status for Ukrainians residing in the U.S>. Today he joined over 70  members of Congress in a letter urging the Biden Administration to work with international partners to provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 700,000 Ukrainian refugees have already fled their country – a majority to Poland, Moldova, Romania, and Slovakia – and a sizable number are moving towards the border. European allies and partners are already facing a significant burden to provide basic humanitarian essentials to the rapidly growing numbers of refugees. 

Earlier in the week, Congressman Neguse joined nearly 100 of his colleagues to request Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and Special Student Relief (SSR) for Ukraine refugees and a 180-day registration period and the launch of a culturally competent outreach campaign to notify the impacted community of the decision

“Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine is an attack on democracy and a grave violation of international law, global peace and security. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this war has wrought, and the United States and its allies and partners must ensure that Russia pays a steep price,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “At this moment of great international consequence, close coordination with our allies and partners is of the utmost importance. I commend President Biden for rallying the world in support of democracy and working with NATO leaders to enact swift financial and economic consequences against Russia. A mere week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we are already seeing countless refugees fleeing into neighboring countries. When democracy is threatened, as it has been, America must stand as a beacon of hope and lead our allies in providing swift and comprehensive humanitarian assistance, as well as designating protected status for Ukrainian refugees seeking safe shelter in America. As the son of refugees, whose parents fled a war-torn nation in East Africa over 40 years ago, I mean it when I say these actions to provide aid and shelter will make the difference for countless individuals. The bravery of the Ukrainian people has inspired the world, and we must stand with them united to ensure democracy prevails over autocracy.”