Biden Says No Troops to Ukraine, Is Silent on Ukrainian and Russian Refugees

As conflict continues in Ukraine, President Joe Biden began his State of the Union Address on an unusual foreign policy note.

Biden stated that Vladimir Putin tried to shake the foundations and make the world free, thinking he would be able to bend it to his menacing wills.” But he had a terrible mistake.

Biden spoke highly of the determination of the Ukrainian population and of President Volodymyr Zeleskyy. He then outlined a number of steps to strengthen the Ukrainian resistance against Russia’s brutal campaign. The key points included mentions of NATO unity and plans for a “dedicated task force” to “go after Russian oligarchs’ crimes. Also, the closing of American airspace from Russian flights. Immigration relief was not mentioned, but sanctions were dominant.

Biden decided to go beyond the introduction of American soldiers in Ukraine. Biden stated, “Let’s be very clear.” “Our forces do not have any engagement with Russian forces in Ukraine, and they will not be engaged in conflict.” Consider that politicians were Get up and moveThis is an example of a U.S.-imposed “no fly” zone that was placed over Ukraine recently. Reassurance is crucial. Biden seems to recognizeRussia would be directly at risk if a “no fly” zone was maintained. The consequences of such engagement—combat between two nuclear-armed superpowers—could be grave.

However, there was plenty of talk about sanctions. There was also much talk of sanctions. There are reasonsRecent comments from’s Christian Britschgi Not notedThe strategy’s “inherent feature” is that it harms ordinary Russians, who don’t have any control over their dictatorial government and aren’t directly responsible for its war crimes. Russia’s riches will probably remain wealthy, even though Russian citizens are feeling the heat. Despite being confronted with the possibility of both, large numbers have demonstrated their disgust for Putin’s invasion in Ukraine. Services international shutteredA regime that is They should be arrestedFor protesting.

Though Biden was quick to describe the benefits America conveys as a military presence in Eastern Europe—emphasizing the readiness of “American ground forces, aid squadrons, and ship deployments” to protect NATO countries like “Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia”—he was less forthcoming about the benefits the U.S. can offer as a landing pad to Ukrainians hoping to flee their war-torn country and Russians looking for an escape from Putin’s regime.

Biden could have used this opportunity to declare his candidacy. Protections for immigrants for Ukrainians—those already on American soil and those hoping to reach it. The advocates for immigration have been PushingFor more information, please visit: Temporary Protected StatusDesignation for Ukraine would stop Ukrainian citizens being returned home. Biden could also create a Department of Homeland Security. Use it Students get special reliefFor Ukrainians: A class that protects students studying in the U.S. under F-1 student visas. These are two simple enhancements to existing immigration infrastructure.

Biden, despite his harsh criticisms of the Russian government, did not offer any relief to Russian citizens. In his speech, the president took a lot of time to outline ways that America can remain technologically and economically competitive. “Brain drain” immigration measures—offering green cards to Russians have technical degreesThese are also available. Study in American Universities—could deprive Putin and the already-depopulatingRussia, the nation that fuels the Russian economy.

Biden promisedJust over one year ago, “the United States” was declared dead. [would]Again, lead by example and not only our power. He was clear tonight to say that Russia’s dictatorship invading another country has international consequences. However, American guns must not enforce these costs. Biden’s State of the Union Address could have outlined pragmatic immigration policies based in the “power of our example” which would allow for refuge for both the Ukrainian and Russian peoples.