The Biden Administration’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is refusing to allow journalists to film any border patrol agents’ interactions with illegal aliens, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Although several journalists were allowed to join a ride-along with law enforcement from the Hidalgo County Constable’s office, they were not allowed to record, either audio or video, any encounters between law enforcement and illegals shortly after a group of aliens managed to get across the Rio Grande River. In addition, the Biden Administration has forbidden CBP officials from speaking to the press under any circumstances, in what has been widely described as a “gag order.”
Matthew Tragesser, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, slammed the Biden Administration’s media blackout, pointing out that “Biden stated that in a democracy, the public deserves as much transparency as possible. The so-called ‘gag order’ on Border Patrol agents does the antithesis of that.”
A group of 18 Republican members of the United States Senate went down to the southern border to tour the border itself and several migrant detention facilities, with many of them railing against the bleak conditions of the open border and the increasingly overcrowded facilities. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tried to film a detention center that was overflowing with illegal alien children sleeping on the floor, only for an unnamed masked woman with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to repeatedly attempt to block his view.
The border crisis continues to worsen as hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from all across Latin America attempt to cross the border, largely encouraged by Biden’s campaign promises of relaxing immigration policy, and providing taxpayer-funded handouts to illegals such as healthcare. Even though DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has admitted that the surge could reach a level not seen in the last 20 years, the Biden Administration has refused to label the situation a “crisis,” in an attempt to avoid political and media scrutiny.