In November, 20 Romanian citizens were detained illegally crossing the U.S.-Canada border into Hodgdon, Maine. Two of them were held as international criminals, the other 18 were released into the state.
“The remaining 18 were simply released into the local community,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a speech from the U.S. Senate floor.
The group of Romanians, 10 minors and 10 adults, rushed across the border in four vehicles. They were apprehended by border patrol.
The foreign nationals were transported to Fort Fairfield Station, where two were held for expedited removal, and the rest were released.
“An out of control border, which is what we have now, poses a very real threat to our homeland and our people,” said Collins.
Collins’ address comes as illegal immigration has surged this month, with tens of thousands attempting to cross into the country every month.
President Joe Biden seems unwilling to address the crisis at US borders as 2023 is on track to mark a new high in annual illegal border crossings.