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In the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, thousands of Russians are fleeing their country. Many are seeking entry into the United States, leaving embassies around the world scrambling.

  • Nahal Toosi, senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico, said many Russians are going to embassies trying to get visas to go to the United States. She said the Biden administration is considering expanding the refugee program and reducing visa requirements for scientists.
  • Toosi said several hundred thousand Russian people have likely fled the country since the invasion of Ukraine.
  • It is unclear how willing Congress is to help Russians and some members have brought up security concerns, said Toosi.

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Russian asylum seekers depart the San Ysidro Port of Entry after not being allowed to cross into the United States to seek asylum on March 21, 2022 in Tijuana, Mexico. The family left Russia after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began due to religious persecution. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The U.S./Mexico border fence is seen January 11, 2019 in Sunland Park, New Mexico. U.S. authorities have recently been allowing Ukrainian refugees to enter the U.S. at the Southern border with permission to remain in the U.S. on humanitarian parole for one year. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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