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FIRST ON Daily Post: 20 Home Republicans on Friday wrote to the Division of Homeland Safety requesting info on the variety of Russians coming into the U.S. by way of the southern border.
The Republicans, led by Home Border Safety Caucus co-chair Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., wrote to Homeland Safety Alejandro Mayorkas informing him that “we have been made aware of an increase in illegal aliens from Russia illegally entering the United States.”
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“Given the Biden administration’s catch and release policies, we have serious concerns that Russians illegally entering the United States will simply be released into the interior with minimal vetting,” they are saying in the letter.
“Releasing illegal aliens into our communities is a significant national security threat,” they add.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked a refugee disaster, primarily from Ukraine, the place tens of millions have fled the violence into Europe, and has elevated tensions dramatically between Washington and Moscow. A few of these displaced by the disaster have made the journey to the U.S., the place many have kin — and have sought to enter by way of the southern border.
In February, 769 Russian migrants had been encountered on the border in February, up from 72 in February 2021, in response to Customs and Border Safety (CBP) information. That quantity has gone down since December, nevertheless, when 2,105 had been encountered then — considerably greater than the 53 encountered in Dec. 2021. The numbers for March, when Russia invaded Ukraine, are but to be launched by CBP
The Wall Road Journal reported that some 30,111 Russians entered Mexico in January and February, in contrast with a mean of 12,380 in every of the previous 5 years. The Journal reported that the majority coming into the U.S. are handing themselves in at ports of entry relatively than making an attempt to evade Border Patrol brokers. A number of studies have detailed how no less than a few of these fleeing Russia are anti-Putin dissidents.
ICE has suspended deportation flights to Russia, Ukraine and different nations within the area amid the continuing instability.
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DHS just lately prolonged short-term protected standing (TPS) to Ukrainians, and has additionally issued a memo telling Border Patrol to contemplate Ukrainians for exemptions to TItle 42 expulsions — however has not made related strikes for Russian nationals.
Within the letter, the Republicans ask if there have been any extra vetting procedures for Russian nationals, what number of have been encountered and what number of have been detained – in addition to the variety of these launched or paroled into the USA, and the variety of these deported from the U.S.
It marks the newest occasion of Republican-led oversight of the disaster on the southern border, the place Republicans have been pinning the blame for an ever-deteriorating migrant disaster on the insurance policies of the Biden administration. The administration says it’s getting ready for a rise in migrants within the coming months, simply as it’s contemplating ending Title 42 public well being protections.