The US begins deporting Russians fleeing mobilization
US President Joe Biden’s administration has secretly resumed deportations of Russian citizens, writes The Guardian. The Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) said it was continuing to deport migrants to other countries, including Russia.
“ICE conducts deportations to countries, including Russia, in accordance with national guidelines on removal,” ICE said in a statement.
The United States stopped deporting Russians last March after the outbreak of war with Ukraine. In the fall, after the mobilization was announced, the White House announced that Russian citizens who would seek asylum could apply for asylum in the United States. However, last week it emerged that there had been several episodes of deportations. Last weekend, a young Russian who had fled the mobilization was expelled from the country.
It is not known exactly when the decision to resume the procedure was made. The change in policy towards Russians fleeing the mobilization surprised the migrants and their lawyers. immigration Texas lawyer Jennifer Scarborough says she represents four people escaped the mobilization of the Russians who had made their way to the United States across the Mexican border.
One of Scarborough’s Russian clients has already been deported. She is sure that he was sent to Russia. The other two did not pass the so-called. “interrogations in fear” – immigration officers did not consider them to be in danger, and conscription was not a sufficient reason for them to grant asylum. Now Russians can be deported at any time.
Another client from Scarborough managed to register for a second interview after which immigration authorities allowed him to stay in the country. “In March 2022, the US announced that it was suspending deportations to Russia due to the political situation – so I don’t understand why they resumed it and did it secretly,” laments Scarborough.
Against the backdrop of the mobilization, the number of Russians who illegally entered the United States across the border with Mexico increased by 2.5 times. So, from October to December 2021, there were 5,000 such people, and in the same period in 2022 – 12,500, The Wall Street Journal wrote.