Two Russian nationals have arrived in the United States, seeking asylum.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the men arrived via a small boat on Tuesday in St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. The men were met why DHS officials and state police.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said, in a joint statement with Alaska GOP Senator Dan Sullivan, that the Russians landed at a beach near the village of Gambell and were initially taken into custody until the Customs and Border Protection collected them.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Source: TALK MEDIA NEWS PHOTO ARCHIVES/Flickr)

“We are actively engaged with federal officials and residents in Gambell to determine who these individuals are, but right now, we already know that the federal response was lacking,” Murkowski said.