OnPolitics: The FBI wants your help

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Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY
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The FBI released these images as part of an investigation into who placed pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6. 2021, Capitol riots.
The FBI released these images as part of an investigation into who placed pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6. 2021, Capitol riots.

Today was an emotional day on Capitol Hill. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., gave a plea to end the use of divisive language during Thursday's hearing on anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Congress' first on the issue in more than 30 years.

Responding to Republican lawmakers' arguments that the focus on hate crimes could hamper free speech, Meng told lawmakers they could criticize other countries, but "you don't have to do it by putting a bull's-eye on the back of Asian Americans across the county, on our grandparents, on our kids."

It's Mabinty, with more of the day's top news.

Do you know these people?

Wanted: 10 Capitol riot suspects allegedly involved in some of the most brutal assaults on police officers. In a new appeal for public help, the FBI Thursday released a series of graphic video clips in an attempt to identify the suspects.

Of the more than 300 people arrested so far, at least 65 have been charged with assaulting officers, said Assistant Director Steven D'Antuono, chief of the FBI's D.C. field office. But he added "some of the most violent offenders have yet to be identified," including the 10 featured in the newly released videos.

There's more: In addition to the 10 suspects involved in officer violence, D'Antuono said the FBI was searching for the identities of 250 others involved in the riots, widening the scope of the enormous dragnet set in the aftermath of the Capitol riots.

"Our work is far from over," D'Antuono said in a video appeal. "We need the help of the American people."

What's going on at the Mexico border?

On the White House front: President Joe Biden's administration faces a growing issue at the U.S.-Mexican border, where an increasing number of migrant children seeking asylum are detained. It's complicated but USA TODAY White House reporter Rebecca Morin has the answers.

The number of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum at the nation’s southern border began rising late last year, before Biden was inaugurated as president. As of Sunday morning, more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children were being held in short-term holding facilities, according to CBS News.

So what is the president doing? Biden sent a direct message to potential migrants hoping to enter the United States: "Don't come." In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Biden said "we're sending back people" who cross the border.

While the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have reiterated the border is closed, the Biden administration is not turning away migrant children.

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🌸 Happy (early) Spring Equinox, OnPolitics readers. —Mabinty

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