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Report: Roma migrants crossing the southern border at record highs

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Border patrol agents along the Mexican border took 2,217 Romanians into custody already in 2021. It’s on par to be the most Roma migrants to attempt to cross since U.S. Customs and Border Protection started recording the data.

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In 2020, 266 Roma migrants were apprehended. Before that, there were only 289 in 2019, according to data provided by CBP. More than 2,000 Romanians crossed the border over the entire year 2016.

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Many are leaving due to racism in their home country, according to a Wednesday report from Reuters. During a recent trip to the border, a photographer with Reuters witnessed almost 200 Romanians at the Texas border.

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BREAKING: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Supports Amnesty

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During a heated testimony, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressed his support for amnesty and a path to citizenship for those who have entered the United States illegally.

Mayorkas tried to dodge at first, saying “only Congress can provide legal status or amnesty through the laws to those who enter the country illegally.” When prompted by Republican Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona who said “we’re not talking about who passes laws or not, but your philosophy as the DHS Secretary, would you support amnesty?”

Mayorkas responded, “Congressman, I fully support and have for many years, legislative reform that once and for all fixes our broken immigration system…”

“So I take it that you won’t make that statement now…” said Biggs.

“No I will, if you’ll allow me” Mayorkas said, “and it involves a path to citizenship for those who have been in this country for many years, who have contributed to the wellbeing of our country.”

“The answer is you would support amnesty of some kind” Biggs said of his response.

 

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