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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 BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE’s handling of the surge of migrants seeking entry into the U.S. along the southern border.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanScarborough slams Jordan for spreading 'lies' about Fauci: 'It's sheer idiocy' Maxine Waters cuts off Jim Jordan, Fauci sparring at hearing: 'Shut your mouth' Fauci, Jim Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockGOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief to press for Manchin's support on Colin Kahl | House Dems seek to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenCapitol Police watchdog paints damning picture of Jan. 6 failures Capitol Police watchdog issues report slamming 'deficiencies' before riot Lofgren says she's been briefed on 'disturbing' police report on riot 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 TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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 PsakiBiden, Japan's PM focus on China, North Korea in first bilateral meeting Castro confirms he's stepping down as Cuban leader White House reverses course on refugee cap after Democratic eruption 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 MayorkasHillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions Progressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention 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.”