Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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In March 2022, the Biden administration after the Russian invasion of Ukraine suspended deportation flights to Russia, Ukraine, and several other European nations. The Guardian (UK) now reports that the administration has resumed deportations to Russia.
A number of Russian asylum seekers have expressed fear that the U.S. government will return them to Russia where they could face prison or be sent to the frontlines in Ukraine, where Russia has suffered tens of thousands of casualties.
“US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) remains committed to enforcing immigration laws humanely, effectively and with professionalism. Ice facilitates the transfer and removal of non-citizens via commercial airlines and chartered flights in support of mission requirements,” the agency said, adding: “ICE conducts removals to countries, including Russia, in accordance with country removal guidelines.”
It is unclear when deportations to Russia resumed. The White House reportedly did not respond to a request for comment.