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US-MEXICO BORDER- Reuters reports that a number of Russian and Ukrainian “refugees,” who fled the turmoil in Ukraine have figured how to get into the United States without going through the whole red tape thing.

All they do is get to Mexico, buy junk throwaway cars, and drive across the U.S. border into the United States to seek asylum, an issue that will likely accelerate as Russia’s Ukraine invasion has forced over a million estimated people to flee their homes.

According to U.S. border officials, at least 6,400 Russians have been encountered in a four month period between October 2021 and this January, data shows.

That’s more than the estimated 4,100 caught during the entire 2021 fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2021.

The number of Ukrainians caught saw a similar jump, with over 1,000 apprehended between October and January, compared to only 680 for the entire FY20-21 period.

While those numbers account for a small fraction of the overall number of illegals who entered the U.S. in FY-22, it’s still telling. Out of all those stopped thus far in FY-22, a majority of those stopped were from Mexico and Central America, and were allegedly removed from the U.S.

Conversely however, nearly all of the Russians and Ukrainians have been allowed to remain while they pursue asylum clams, with there being a notable presence of both at border-area shelters which assist newcomers to the country.

According to data published by the San Diego Rapid Response Network, Russians have been among the top three nationalities arriving at that shelter.

The network is a coalition of nonprofits, attorneys, and community leaders. Last week, Ukrainian migrants were the third most-common nationality among arrivals.

The Customs and Border Protection numbers include only migrants who arrived before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

However one current and one former border official who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity said there could be additional migrant increases as the war has intensified.

Reuters reports that over 1 million refugees have left the country as the so-called “special operation” undertaken by Putin’s goons has resulted in the random targeting of assets throughout Ukraine, including civilian areas.

While most have headed to neighboring European countries, the size and speed of those fleeing will likely lead to additional refugees seeking to come to America.

Putin, who has been cracking down on anti-war dissenters in his own country, is likely behind the exodus of Russian citizens fleeing the country.

In addition, it is believed that sanctions imposed by the US and other countries across the world are putting pressure on Russian citizens, forcing some to flee that country as well.

Reuters notes that migrants seeking to flee the two countries are actually sharing tips on social media on how to make the journey to the U.S. southern border via Mexico to claim asylum. Don’t think for a minute that the United Nations isn’t helping facilitate the transportation of these migrants to Mexico to speed entry into the United States.

Apparently, the trek is a fairly easy one as long as you have money to pay for the airfare. Last year, a Russian dissident, Dmitriy Zubarev left Russia.

Zubarev, a civil rights lawyer, had worked on the presidential campaign of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently imprisoned in Russia.

Due to Putin’s growing crackdown on dissent, Zubarev fled the country after Navalny’s organizations were labeled “extremist” by the Russian government, Reuters said.

Zubarev explained to Reuters that in June 2021, he boarded a plane from Moscow to Cancun, Mexico, then flew from there to Tijuana at the US-Mexico border.

He then got in a minivan with 11 other migrants and drove across the US border. Once he crossed over, he asked for asylum and was released to pursue his case. Zubarev, who currently resides in Connecticut, believes more Russians will follow.

“Repression is intensifying and the people coming out to protest the war are treated very harshly,” Zubarev told Reuters. “There will be more people trying to use refugee routes to escape the bad situation in the country.”

Reuters reached out to Moscow for comment on Zubarev, but nothing was received.

In an emailed statement, the Russian Embassy claimed to be “very concerned” about what it called a “detention” of alleged Russian citizens at the US-Mexico border near San Diego, and said it contacted the U.S. State Department to verify their identities.

Reuters also reached out to the US State Department, which didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Business Insider reported that a congressional hearing last week, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) claimed to be “taken aback” by the number of Russian and Ukrainian migrants arriving at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana about a month ago.

He explained a border patrol agent showed him 20 cars that had been pulled over and told him they were full of Ukrainian and Russian migrants.

“The problem is not going away,” Correa said.

Jessica Bolter, an immigration expert at the Migration Policy Institute told Reuters that migrants from the two Eastern European countries choose to go to Mexico since it’s easier to obtain a visa for Mexico. They then seek asylum in the US rather than obtain a tourist visa for the USA.

They then drive across in a vehicle to circumvent the pandemic-era policy known as Title 42. Under that policy, on-foot refugees are turned away at the border; vehicles are stopped less frequently.

Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott told Reuters that refugees are buying “cheap cars” in Mexico to increase their chances of getting through to the US, calling it a way to “jump the line.”

On Monday, Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that country will continue to accept Ukrainian refugees.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced Ukrainians who entered the US would receive temporary protection from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security announced in a statement March 3 that it had crated an 18-month Temporary Protected  Status (TPS) program for Ukrainians living in the US since March 1.

For one of our previous reports on Ukraine and how we ended up here, we invite you to:

DIG DEEPER

UKRAINE-  reported on how the United States, under then-President Barack Obama assisted in staging a coup in Ukraine which destabilized the region and in turn provoked Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade and annex Crimea.

Now we’re finding that one of the key players in that coup, Victoria Nuland, who served in the State Department under Obama was actually caught on tape planning that coup in Ukraine, Gateway Pundit (GP) reports.

Nuland is a voracious “anti-Trumper” who was believed to have a great deal of involvement in spreading the so-called “Steele dossier” that served as the basis for special counsel Robert Mueller’s ill-fated probe of former President Donald Trump.

Nuland is currently serving in the Biden administration—also known as Obama’s “third term”—as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Nuland recently testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and amazingly nobody, including Republicans, questioned her about her past actions in Ukraine.

As GP reports, in 2014 Nuland was a pretty busy lady in Ukraine, being witnessed passing out cakes to protesters in Kiev (now Kyiv), Ukraine. Just weeks afterward, the protests became violent and a number of Ukrainian citizens died during the riots which ensued.

GP reports that during this time, Nuland had a telephone conversation with another American, Jeffrey Pyatt, to discuss the events in Ukraine. Pyatt currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Greece.

However between 2013-2016, he was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. During that phone call, Nuland and Pyatt brought up two individuals…then national security adviser to the vice president, Jake Sullivan, and the vice president himself, Joe Biden.

The discussion between the two revolved around the State Department’s “pick” for prime minister of a so-called “unity government” in Ukraine.

One might ask, why was the United States involved in deciding who should be the “pick” for prime minister of a foreign country? That’s a great question. During the review of the three candidates for the post, State picked a man named Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

According to GP, Joe Biden was intimately involved in the decision, since Obama had appointed him as the “point man” for Ukraine. Ironically at about the same time, Biden’s son Hunter Biden was appointed to the board at Burisma Energy Holdings, one of the largest such companies in Ukraine, despite having zero experience in the energy sector.

So in essence what occurred was that the former government of Ukraine was deposed, and the United States, with Biden at the helm, helped stage a coup and then pick the man they decided should lead Ukraine, not the duly elected head of the government.

In the leaked phone conversation between Nuland and Pyatt, the former expressed frustration with the European Union’s response to the situation then-occurring in Ukraine. Following is what Nuland said.

“So, that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and have the U.N. [United Nations] help glue it. And, you know, Fuck the EU.”

Continuing the conversation, Pyatt said:

“So let me work on Klitschko [former mayor of Kyiv] and if you can just keep…we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych [deposed Ukrainian president] but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.”

Nuland: “So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-president’s national security adviser Jake] Sullivan’s come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Biden’s willing.”

Continuing the conversation:

Nuland: “Good. I don’t think Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Pyatt: “Yeah. I guess…in terms of him not going into the government, just let him sort of stay out and do his political homework and stuff. I’m just thinking in terms of the process moving ahead and we want to keep the moderate Democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok and his guys…”

Nuland: “I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the…what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I think Klitsch going in…he’s going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it’s just not gonna work.”

So in essence, what that conversation entailed was two top U.S. officials, including the highest-ranking U.S. official who ostensibly represented the Obama administration, and the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine were in essence plotting a coup d’état in a foreign country against a duly elected president.

A discussion of that phone call may be found here:

In politically correct terms, such activity is given the flowery term of “nation-building” or “spreading democracy.” In reality, it’s interfering in the affairs of a foreign country. In some ways, the U.S. under Obama was no different than what Putin is doing today, minus the killing and bloodshed.

For our prior reporting on US involvement in Ukraine and appearance that US destabilization efforts may have provoked Putin in part to undertake his current invasion, we invite you to:


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