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Caught at Mexico border, anti-war Russians sweat their futures as Ukrainians enter U.S By Reuters

Caught at Mexico border, anti-war Russians sweat their futures as Ukrainians enter U.S By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Russian couple embrace as they look forward to a humanitarian visa on the San Ysidro Port of Entry of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico March 15, 2022. Image taken March 15, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes/File Photograph


By Daina Beth Solomon

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Russians making an attempt to enter america on the Mexican border are annoyed they aren’t getting in like Ukrainians are, regardless of leaving their homeland over the invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. officers have let dozens of Ukrainians by means of this week however Russians stay in limbo, prompting some to camp on the pavement alongside a barbed wire border fence, defying warnings from Mexican authorities to go away.

Irina Zolkina, a math trainer who left Moscow along with her 4 youngsters and her daughter’s boyfriend, burst into tears when a U.S. border agent on Thursday took one take a look at her stack of Russian passports and shook his head, saying they must wait – quickly after officers ushered in six Ukrainian males.

“There are such a lot of years of worry that we’re dwelling in … it is terrible inside Russia too,” she advised Reuters within the Mexican border metropolis of Tijuana reverse San Diego, California.

Zolkina confirmed Reuters a BBC video of her arrest for attending an anti-war protest on Feb. 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine in what the Kremlin calls a “particular army operation” that Western allies have denounced.

She was launched a couple of hours later and left Russia along with her youngsters the next week, she stated, passing by means of Tashkent and Istanbul earlier than reaching the Mexican seaside resort of Cancun – a typical jumping-off level for Russians heading to the U.S. border.

Over 3 million Ukrainians have change into refugees, in response to the United Nations, most of them in international locations bordering Ukraine. 1000’s of Russians have additionally left their nation, in response to media reviews.

Some Ukrainians crossing in Tijuana have been granted permission to remain in america for a 12 months.

When requested on Thursday about Ukrainians and Russians on the border, U.S. Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated the federal government was serving to folks fleeing Ukraine, and that different packages have been being thought-about to develop humanitarian support.

The U.S.-Mexico border has been closed to most asylum seekers underneath a coronavirus pandemic coverage.

A Division of Homeland Safety spokesperson, requested about present coverage in the direction of Russians, stated the company makes exceptions to the order on a case-by-case foundation for “significantly susceptible people.”


A few dozen different Russians have for a number of days wrapped themselves in thick blankets to sleep toes from the border wall, hoping U.S. officers will hear their pleas for cover.

“It is unfair that we will not get in,” stated Mark, 32, a restaurant supervisor who got here from Moscow along with his spouse, flying to Mexico by way of Turkey and Germany in early March.

Each have been arrested for 3 days final 12 months after protesting in assist of jailed opposition chief Alexei Navalny, stated Mark, who requested to withhold his final title. He stated going again to Russia was not an choice after new laws that imposes as much as 15 years in jail for actions discovered to discredit Russia’s military.

“That is our resolution to be right here and wait on the ground,” Mark stated, seated on a blanket whereas watching lots of of vacationers and U.S. residents enter San Diego. “If we go away this place, everybody will neglect about this downside instantly.”

Between October 2021 and January, U.S. authorities knowledge confirmed border officers encountered about 6,400 Russians, a few of whom stated they have been dissidents and are actually in america. The Russian Embassy stated in an announcement then that it had contacted U.S. authorities about these residents.

In Tijuana final week, Mexican officers handed out flyers in Russian itemizing close by migrant shelters and a letter saying Russians can request asylum however shouldn’t camp on the busy border.

Staying there ran “the danger of america deciding to shut the crossing for inner safety causes,” stated the letter signed by Tijuana migration director Enrique Lucero.

Mexico’s migration institute didn’t reply to a request for remark.

For now, the Russians are staying put.

Mikhail Shliachkov, 35, seated on a cot underneath a parasol to take cowl from the obvious solar, stated he resolved to go to Mexico along with his spouse the day after the invasion, fearing he could be referred to as as much as combat shut family in Ukraine.

“I do not need to kill my brothers, you realize?” he stated, exhibiting a photograph of his delivery certificates that states his mom was born in Ukraine.

Because the Russians wait, U.S. border officers have additionally turned away asylum seekers from Nigeria, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico, sparking complaints of unfair therapy.

“There’s a component of racism by U.S. authorities,” stated Kevin Salgado, 19, a Mexican from the violent state of Michoacan, the place he stated his father and 16-year-old brother, each members of a neighborhood police, have been killed.

“Why are they letting the Ukrainians go? … Can somebody clarify to us?”

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