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Ukrainians in US mobilize to help 100,000 refugees

2022 Mar 31, 12:07, Sacramento
Members of the Ukrainian community and others gathered at the state Capitol to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine at a rally n Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Roughly 18,000 Ukrainians live in the Sacramento region and the area is preparing for the possibility of many more Ukrainians arriving after U.S. President Joe Biden announced the nation will accept up to 100,000 refugees from the country. (AP Photo)

As the United States prepares to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees following Russia’s invasion of their country, existing communities in cities like Sacramento and Seattle are already mobilizing to provide food, shelter and support to those fleeing the war.

The federal government hasn’t said when the formal resettlement process will begin, but Ukrainian groups in the U.S. are already providing support to people entering the country through other channels, including on visas that will eventually expire or by flying to Mexico and crossing over the border.

“No refugee is waiting for you to be ready for them,” said Eduard Kislyanka, senior pastor at the House of Bread church near Sacramento, which has been sending teams of people to Poland and preparing dozens of its member families to house people arriving in California.

Since the war began in late February an estimated 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine and millions more have been displaced within the country. President Joe Biden said last week that the U.S. would admit up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and provide $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to countries affected by the exodus.


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