The average American reader of this article probably thinks that the conflict in the Ukraine is over. Ukrainians in the U.S. know better. Perhaps, more precisely, they know worse.
According to well-informed sources, including Amnesty International, life in the Ukraine is difficult at best, if not intolerable. If nothing else, it is a far cry from the life Ukrainians enjoy in the U.S.
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine details that hundreds of people are isolated and deprived of necessities:
- no access to ambulance services
- the nearest grocery store a seven-kilometer walk away
- children walking up to three kilometers to go to school
- armed groups continued to detain individuals
- a low level of trust in the judiciary, mostly resulting from frequent abuses of due process
According to the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, in a report released in March 2017, “the southeast of the country has become one of the primary sources of systematic and massive violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” The report cites a “disregard for the rule of law and human rights” and corruption and irresponsibility in the political realm.
“In the Ukraine, the extraordinary violations of human rights caused by the military conflict continued - killing and torture of prisoners, hostage-taking, disappearances as a result of the use of force, (and) ideologically-motivated violence. People who expressed a pro-Ukrainian position could be repressed, stolen or killed as it happened with . . . thousands of people.”
In addition to rising violence and hatred, the reported revealed increasing
- restrictions on freedom of expression
- poverty and social inequity
- mistreatment of asylum seekers
What do Ukrainians in the U.S. fear most?
As of September 21, 2016, one journalist said that their greatest fear is that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump would “end their freedom.” Translate that as deportation, especially if they were in the U.S. without valid documentation. It is certainly understandable if any have decided to remain beyond the allotted time on their visas. It is safer here than there.
However, it is not a good idea to stay in the U.S. illegally. There is a better way. It is to seek asylum. However, that should be done through an licensed immigration attorney. American Corporate Services, Inc. Law Office can help undocumented Ukrainians to apply for asylum status in the U.S. Let us help you. Our attorneys speak your language.
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