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Lithuania State Border guard stands on patrol near the Lithuania-Belarus border line on June 21 near Poskonys, Lithuania. Photo: Paulius Peleckis/Getty Images

Lithuania has declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants over the last few days from Belarus, AP reports.

The big picture: Lithuania’s Interior Minister Agle Bilotaite said Friday that the decision is not because of an increased threat to the country, but to implement a more robust system to handle migrants who are entering.

  • “It’s very important to have a legal system and instruments ... to be able to swiftly make decisions in response to arising challenges,” Bilotaite said, per AP.
  • The state of emergency comes after border officials reported Friday that they had detained about 150 immigrants who had crossed over from Belarus in one day, three times higher than the previous daily record.

State of play: Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that he would retaliate against European Union sanctions on his regime by loosening border restrictions for undocumented migrants.

  • The EU imposed tighter sanctions against Belarus after the government f0rced a flight to divert and land and arrested a prominent journalist onboard.
  • 822 migrants crossing in from Belarus have been detained in Lithuania so far this year, per AP.

Go deeper: U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus

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DeSantis takes legal action against Biden efforts on immigration

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took legal action on Tuesday to try to stop the Biden administration's immigration plans.

Why it matters: The Republican governor, who is running for re-election next year and is possibly eyeing a 2024 presidential bid, is picking a high-profile fight with Biden while re-upping his hardline stance on immigration.

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.