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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.

RELATED: ICE officials say Biden ‘doesn’t have our backs’ as he appears to overhaul ICE’s mission

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.

RELATED: BORDER CRISIS: GOP lawmakers demand answers from DHS for giving migrants ‘public health’ exemptions

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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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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