Reporters in the White House Press Briefing Room expressed frustration on Wednesday with the Biden Administration for failing to provide proper information or press access regarding the increasingly overflowing migrant detention facilities on the southern border, as reported by Breitbart.
One reporter grilled White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on this issue, asking “It’s now been three weeks since….you were first asked about getting us some press access” to these facilities, which have been filling up with child migrants in particular. “Why have we still not seen any images inside these facilities?”
Psaki dodged the question, and instead tried to claim that Biden himself is receiving such information in briefings, saying that “he talks to plenty of officials.” Psaki also continued blaming other factors for the lack of information, including various restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the privacy of children who occupy these facilities.
Another reporter pointed out that access to such facilities and other immigration-related developments was greater under the presidency of Donald Trump, noting that “our reporters used to get ridealongs during the Trump Administration, and you all came in and promise to be the most truthful and transparent administration…so if you all wanted to grant access to the press, couldn’t you just tell DHS to do it?”
Psaki once again dodged the question, instead referring the reporter’s question to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), the latter of which is ostensibly supposed to take care of migrant children after they are handed over by DHS.
The Biden Administration had already unofficially issued a “gag order” preventing border patrol and immigration authorities from answering any questions from the press about the ongoing crisis at the border, which has been caused by a massive surge in illegal immigration since Biden took office. Some projections indicate that the spike could see the highest rise in illegal immigration into the United States in 20 years, and many point out that the surge is due to Biden’s campaign promises of mass amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits for illegals, including free healthcare.