Apr 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

More than 5,000 Ukrainians at U.S. borders in March

A Ukrainian mother and daughter, who are seeking asylum in the U.S., wait to cross the border to the U.S. in March from Mexico.

A Ukrainian mother and daughter seeking asylum in the U.S. wait to cross the border April 5 in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

American officials encountered 5,071 Ukrainians at U.S. borders in March, federal figures released on Monday show.

The big picture: Ukrainians have flocked to the U.S. borders since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February. That month, there were 272 encounters between Ukrainians and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Of note: Most Ukrainians detained by U.S. officials at the border are believed to have been freed due to a humanitarian parole, the Washington Post notes.

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