Border patrol service detained nearly five times more Ukrainians in March compared to February 2022 in the USA. Some 5,071 Ukrainians were detained at US borders in March, figures released by the US Customs and Border Protection showed.
The spike comes amid the ongoing Russian military intervention in Ukraine, with botched illegal entry attempts growing 500% compared to the February figures, when just over 1,100 Ukrainians were taken into custody at the border.
A vast majority of those were caught by the US border guard at the southwestern frontier. The new came amid an overall spike in detentions at US sea and air borders.
In March, nearly 250,000 people were detained, compared to some 190,000 in February 2022. The vast majority of the people seeking to get into the USA, some 220,000 were apprehended at the Mexican frontier.
Many of the detained Ukrainians were ultimately released into US territory after being granted a humanitarian parole. This week the US administration extended the temporary protected status for Ukrainians until the end of 2023.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.