Republicans call for hearing on Biden's handling of border surge

Republicans call for hearing on Biden's handling of border surge
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House Republicans on Thursday sent a letter to a top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE’s handling of the surge of migrants seeking entry into the U.S. along the southern border.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 AP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false' Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHillicon Valley: House advances six bills targeting Big Tech after overnight slugfest | Google to delay cookie phase out until 2023 | Appeals court rules against Baltimore Police Department aerial surveillance program California Democrats clash over tech antitrust fight Tech antitrust bills create strange bedfellows in House markup MORE (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6 House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Calif.), who leads the Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, accusing Democrats of ignoring a mounting crisis as new data reveals a growing number of unaccompanied minors are being detained by immigration officials.

“Your silence on this issue in the last five weeks unfortunately suggests that you do not plan to hold the Biden Administration to the same standard to which you held the Trump Administration,” the lawmakers wrote.

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Axios on Thursday obtained an internal document from the Department of Health and Human Services showing that it had detained an average of 321 children per day for the week ending March 1, up from 47 in the first week of January.

The document said border shelters are at 94 percent capacity and will run out of room by the end of the month.

Liberals have expressed anger over the reopening of housing facilities for unaccompanied minors that were used under former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE.

Republicans, meanwhile, have accused the Biden administration of implementing policies that have encouraged the influx of migrants and unaccompanied minors.

The Biden administration has urged migrants not to make the dangerous journey from their homelands to the southern border, saying that most seeking entry to the U.S. will be turned away.

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“This is not the time to come,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: 'F--- 'em' MORE said this week. “It's a dangerous trip. We have limited processing at the border, but it is very, very limited. The vast majority of people who come to the border will be turned away, back — to take the treacherous journey back. This is not the time to come."

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasBipartisan governors press Biden administration on Canadian border restrictions Graham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar DHS imposes mask mandate for employees MORE was asked at a briefing this week if he viewed the border surge as a “crisis.”

“The answer is no,” Mayorkas said. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.”