Among other measures included in the recently-passed $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, Democrats and Republicans in Congress overwhelmingly supported a portion of the bill that would designate up to $900 million for increasing the total number of Ukrainian immigrants who come to America.
Breitbart reports that the bill, which was signed into law by Joe Biden over the weekend, was opposed by only 57 Republicans in the House of Representatives, and just 11 Republicans in the Senate. The bill will use the funds to provide medical services, housing money, and legal services, among other benefits, to immigrants from Ukraine.
“For an additional amount for ‘’Refugee and Entrant Assistance,’ $900,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2023, for carrying out refugee and entrant assistance activities in support of citizens or nationals of Ukraine,” the bill reads in part. “Provided, That amounts made available under this heading in this Act may be used for grants or contracts with qualified organizations, including nonprofit entities, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, including wraparound services, housing assistance, medical assistance, legal assistance, and case management assistance.”
In the midst of a broader immigration crisis on the southern border that has seen record-breaking totals of illegals crossing the border, the Biden Administration has shown an increased emphasis on bringing in as many Ukrainians as possible. Biden has already given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to over 75,000 Ukrainians, and Ukrainians currently waiting in a European country are able to apply to come to the U.S. while they wait in the country they have fled to.