Marc Veasey says US should accept more refugees fleeing Ukraine

Marc Veasey says US should accept more refugees fleeing Ukraine

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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March 29, 2022

Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey of Fort Worth has been recently spoken up over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In an interview with Inside Texas Politics, he spoke to the need for the U.S. to accept more refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States would accept up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine and donate $1 billion to help European countries facing a humanitarian crisis not seen on the continent since the end of World War II.

“This is not something that Poland or Romania or Germany should carry on their own,” Mr. Biden said during a news briefing in Brussels. “This is an international responsibility.”

Veasey is a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and Helsinki Commission, 

Shortly after the invasion, he issued a statement shortly in which he praised Biden’s decision to enact robust sanctions and called for further support for NATO and Ukrainian refugees. 

“This must be a moment where the world takes a strong stand against authoritarians like Putin,” Veasey wrote. “If not, others around the world will see this as an opening to violate the sovereignty of their neighbors, which we must not let happen.”

The United Nations says more than 3.5 million have fled Ukraine, with well over half heading to Poland, where the president recently traveled to meet with U.S. troops and humanitarian workers. Veasey has since called for Biden to do more to help Ukrainian refugees.

“Let’s start at 100,000, but let’s look at doing more. We certainly can absorb a lot more than that. And I would support a higher number,” Veasey said on Inside Texas Politics. In other interviews, Veasey has praised Biden for his decision to travel to Europe and expressed his belief that the Russian President is guilty of war crimes.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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