More Ukrainians are welcome here – WSJ

Ukrainian refugees board a ferry at the Ukrainian-Romanian border near Isaccaea-Orlivka on March 25 to cross the Danube


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Ukrainians continue to flee Vladimir Putin’s bombs and 3.7 million have left the country, according to the latest United Nations figures. This is a disaster and the US should do its part to both ease the suffering and relieve NATO allies like Poland.

President Biden committed Thursday to “welcome 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States, with a focus on family reunification.” That’s a good start, and it sounds like a big number. Nevertheless, it is less than 3% of all refugees. Across the US it breaks down to 2,000 per state, and New York is a pretty big place, let alone Texas or California.

Why not greet more? Previous waves of refugees, including from Cuba and Vietnam, have thrived here while enriching the fabric of American life. Many, if not most, Ukrainians may wish to return home after the war is over, but in the meantime, the US is experiencing a talent boom.

US officials say Ukrainians could arrive through a number of legal routes, and if Mr. Biden wanted to go much higher, he might have to consult Congress. The U.S. has a labor shortage, and the Labor Department said Thursday the number of people receiving unemployment benefits is at its lowest level since 1970. Do it, Mr President.

Review & Outlook: Joe Biden and NATO are still too cautious when it comes to dismissing Russia’s war with Ukraine. Images: AP/Kirillovka. Ukr via Storyful Composite: Mark Kelly

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Appeared in the print edition of March 26, 2022. More Ukrainians are welcome here – WSJ

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