Vice President Kamala Harris should be forgiven for her inappropriate case of giggling during a discussion on Ukrainian refugees two weeks ago. But it’s harder to get past the policies of the Biden administration, which continue to suggest that the president and vice president really don’t take this issue seriously. You are missing out on a huge opportunity to do good in the world and to do good for the United States.
Two weeks after Polish President Andrzej Duda gave Ms Harris a detailed explanation of how the tide of refugees is sweeping his country, the United States is still only willing to take in a tiny fraction of the war-torn refugees. Catherine Lucey and Laurence Norman of the Journal report:
The US will take in up to 100,000 refugees fleeing fighting in Ukraine as the humanitarian crisis worsens from Russia’s attack on its neighbor, government officials said Thursday.
The United Nations estimates that more than 10 million people in Ukraine have been uprooted in the fighting. According to the UN, more than 3.6 million of them have fled the country, most with Poland as their destination.
A senior administration official said more details would emerge on Thursday, but officials are examining a number of legal avenues… The official said the administration is “specifically working to expand and develop new programs, with an emphasis on the inclusion of.” Ukrainians who have family members in the United States.” The official added that the US is “committed to protecting the most vulnerable among the refugee populations who have already fled,” such as gay and transgender people, those with medical needs and dissidents.
Look at the modern left, which is willing to accept only a single percentage point of the population uprooted by war – a figure that accounts for even less than 1% of the vacancies in the United States – and yet strives to who are fleeing the war to undergo a sexuality test. If the boys in the refugee camps agree to take part in the girls’ swimming competitions, can they escape? Whatever geniuses in the Biden administration came up with the idea of exploiting this monumental horror to further the Democrats’ socio-political agenda should be fired immediately — before they start demanding vaccination cards as a condition of humanitarian aid.
If Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris remain unaffected by the level of human suffering in Ukraine, perhaps they can be persuaded to take in more refugees – regardless of their sexuality – given all the talent just waiting to enrich the United States.
The US Central Intelligence Agency says the adult literacy rate in Ukraine is close to 100%. Given recent history the most famous alumnus of this column a CIA subpoena might rank among the worst appeals to authority. But the spies aren’t the only ones who noticed Ukraine’s level of education.
Liz Alderman and Patricia Cohen report in the New York Times:
Ukraine is known for its skilled workforce, with 70 percent of workers having secondary or university degrees. The country boasts the largest tech engineering force in Central and Eastern Europe and attracts Microsoft,
Google and other multinational companies outsource work there.
Okay, the authority of the Times isn’t what it used to be either. But this is not a controversial thesis. The Journal has noted the region’s tech talent for years.
With the region now on fire, not all potential new Americans are ready to come here. As Times reporters note, many of these talents are currently employed:
Programmers, lawyers and truck drivers are among tens of thousands of Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 taking up arms in defense of their country. Most of the refugees are women and children who have left their husbands, fathers and brothers behind.
They need housing, day care and school places before they can start working. Many women want to return to Ukraine quickly after the end of the war.
But many of them might decide that life in the US is very comfortable and encourage their spouses to move here after the war.
A shrewd Biden administration would see an opportunity to simultaneously bail out those in need and boost America’s economic competitiveness. Private companies in different countries are already on the hunt for talent. And among the talent available, eager to live in peace, there are both Russians and Ukrainians.
Wharton finance professor Nikolai Roussanov has noted the brain drain from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Joseph Menn wrote in the March 10 Washington Post of some of the techs who left:
“It’s like an exodus of people who don’t support this war, and there are a lot of them,” a Russian émigré who has lived in Switzerland for 10 years and is now an executive at a small software company and investor told Others. He, like other interviewees for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity and that his company not be named as he still has ties to Russia…
How many Russians have fled their country is unknown. Russia does not require its citizens to obtain state permission to leave the country, and the United Nations does not keep track of totals.
However, anecdotal evidence suggests the number is in the tens of thousands at least, amid reports of burgeoning Russian-speaking émigré communities springing up in Dubai, Istanbul and other places where air services from Russia still exist. More than 20,000 Russians have entered Georgia in recent days, the country’s economy minister said on Monday.
Konstantin Sonin, a political economist at the University of Chicago School of Public Policy, estimated the total Russian exodus at 200,000 in 10 days.
Why let Dubai do all the fun?
Of course, no discussion of intellectual talent in Eastern Europe is complete without marveling at how the Ukrainian government has cleverly used technology to enlist global support and counter one of the world’s most feared armies. Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation, tweets this week like the young tech entrepreneur he is:
A month ago we were all working on FaceID and CRM systems to handle calls for eServices. Now we are working on automatic identification of the corpses of the occupiers and self-election of RU participants to tell the truth about the war. We’ve all changed. And we all do different things. Glory to Ukraine!
Mr. Fedorov’s glorious work in Ukraine is too important to abandon now. But there is one executive in Russia who might be ready to consider a new job and a change of scenery. Bloomberg News Reports:
Russia’s highly respected central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina wanted to resign after Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine, only to be told by the president to stay, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.
Nominated for a new five-year term last week, Nabiullina’s current views could not be ascertained. She is dealing with the aftermath of a war that has quickly undone much of what she has achieved in the nine years since she took office. People said leaving would now be seen as a betrayal by the president, with whom she has worked closely for nearly two decades.
Nabiullina, 58, has not publicly commented on her reappointment and has not responded to an inquiry about this article. The Central Bank’s press service did not respond to a request for comment on the article. After the publication, the press service told Tass that it “does not correspond to reality”, without giving any further details. A Kremlin spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Here is a comment that the Biden administration should offer to Ms. Nabiullina and many more people from Russia and Ukraine:
Welcome to America.
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