According to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, what’s happening in Ukraine as Russian troops continue to destroy major cities in the country is horrible and a human disaster, but she still doesn’t think the United States should allow a single Ukrainian refugee asylum in this country.
On Friday, President Joe Biden made it clear that the U.S. will indeed be accepting 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, The Washington Post reported:
President Biden on Thursday announced plans for the United States to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, as well as others fleeing Russia’s war on Ukraine.
“Many Ukrainian refugees will wish to stay in Europe, closer to their homes, but we’ll also welcome 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States with a focus on reuniting families,” Biden said.
And that, according to Ingraham, would be a big mistake:
“Obviously, our hearts break for the people in Ukraine. It is absolutely horrific what has happened to them. But, is bringing them all the way to the United States in their best interest? And what about the U.S. taxpayers’?”
She then asked Todd Bensman from the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies:
“You recently called it a fable that these Ukrainian war refugees desperately need American sanctuary and even would qualify for asylum. Why is that?”
“Well, that’s because all 27 countries of the European Union have generously offered three-year residencies to every Ukrainian war refugee. That means that they have full access to their healthcare systems, to work authorization, and housing subsidies — and also the U.K., I might mention, also.”
He then added:
“So there’s really no reason whatsoever for Ukrainians to be coming to our border or for us to be bringing in huge swells, numbers of Ukrainians here. They’re doing great for a group of war refugees. It’s kind of the — the issue is that they are not asylum-seekers. They have asylum, right in their own neighborhood, so it’s a little bit dis–“
“Then that makes more sense. Okay.”
As you’d expect, Bensman agreed:
“Yeah, it’s disingenuous.”
What neither Ingraham or her guest bothered to mention is that as a member of NATO, the United States has a responsibility to help Ukrainian refugees, even granting them asylum in the U.S. It’s not fair to make European nations do the heavy lifting while we do nothing. That’s what being part of an alliance is all about.
Maybe Laura and the other pro-Russia cheerleaders at Fox should sit this one out since they clearly don’t know what in the hell they’re talking about.
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