More than a year after suspending deportations from the United States to Russia, the administration of President Joe Biden “quietly” resumed the possibility of returning Russian migrants to the country, according to the Guardian. “It is not clear when deportation flights resumed. The White House did not respond to our request for comment,” writes the British daily.
“Guardian” describes the case of a young Russian who came to the US, fleeing from the announced by Vladimir Putin mobilization for war Ukraine. The man – and several others in a similar situation – was unexpectedly deported back to the city over the weekend Russia the newspaper says. Other Russian asylum seekers fear they will also be sent home, where they may end up in prison or on the front lines, he said.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is carrying out deportations to countries including Russia “in accordance with guidelines”, the federal agency explained when asked about the matter by the British daily.
The Guardian notes that the new reports come more than a year after United States suspended deportations to Russia, Ukraine and seven other European countries as a result of Russian aggression. “It is not clear when deportation flights resumed. The White House did not respond to our request for comment,” the newspaper added.
Lawyer of Russian migrants: I don’t know what will happen to him
Jennifer Scarborough, a Texas attorney representing four Russians who entered the US across the border from Mexico and applied for asylum. “These men cited in their asylum applications their fear of being drafted into the army,” she explained.
She added that ICE officials had informed her that one of her clients had been deported over the weekend. She stated that there was no doubt that he had been sent back to Russia. Two others are threatened with deportation.
“I don’t know what will become of them,” said Scarborough. “The mere fact that they have fled Russia for the United States puts them at risk,” she added.
Immigration officials were to rule that the fear of conscription did not meet the criteria of “well-founded fear” for asylum. “Each of them appealed to the immigration judge, who agreed with the officials,” Scarborough said.
– If we are against this war, then why do we say that Russia has the right to carry out this conscription and deport people to fight in Ukraine? I don’t understand how you can juxtapose these two policies side by side.
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