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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has set off “the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” writes UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. More than 1.5 million people have crossed from Ukraine into neighboring countries, where they have generally encountered a warm welcome. But some may eventually need permanent resettlement in the U.S. if they are unable to return to Ukraine. So far, the U.S. has provided $54 million in food and other assistance and pledged to send more. Ukrainians already in the United States have also been offered Temporary Protected Status. It remains unclear if the U.S. will take in Ukrainian refugees. Refugee resettlement experts say despite apparent difficulties, the U.S. could handle more refugees. AP News
In other federal immigration news…
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Title 42, But Adds Limitation
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. government can continue to expel migrant families under an emergency pandemic policy Title 42, but “only to places where they will not be persecuted or tortured.” The decision marks a narrow victory for the Biden administration, which had continued to use the expulsion order enacted under former President Trump. The ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed part of a lower court ruling blocking the expulsion of migrant families. CNN