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.
“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.