What exactly does it mean for someone to have immigrated to the United States with refugee status?
I've had friends whose families sponsored Kurdish refugees as part of a church program to help them immigrate (that was like 15 years ago) and I've even dated a girl who was a Polish refugee.
I always just assumed it meant their political preferences were opposite that of the group in power, they were being oppressed, and since their views more closely aligned with the politics of the United States, they wanted to move here and the US agreed to let them. I'm not sure how accurate that is.
There's an Internet celebrity I like, the "Crazy Russian Hacker" who does life hacks on YouTube. This guy mentioned that he is a refugee from Ukraine and moved here in 2013, which (I know from first hand experience) is when Russia was invading Eastern Ukraine. He clearly loves Russia though, especially the Russian military. So, what does it mean that he's a refugee?