Does the Biden administration really believe that the American public doesn’t see what is going on? They are doing their best to keep pictures and facts out of the news:
The press doesn’t like this, and is reporting on the lack of transparency.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s visit to the southern border on Friday to assess the surge of child migrants will be closed to the press, fueling criticism of the Biden administration that it is not being transparent about conditions on the ground.
Mayorkas and a group of bipartisan senators will travel to El Paso, Texas, to view Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations and to receive a briefing on how unaccompanied minors are being processed, transferred and sheltered.
In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the visit would be closed to the press due to “privacy and COVID-19 precautions.”
The federal government is in custody of 14,000 young migrants, many of whom made the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S. seeking asylum.
Thousands of children are being kept in CBP cells meant for adults for days longer than is legally allowed. Mayorkas has called the facilities “no place for a child.”
The White House has faced growing frustration from journalists and refugee advocates seeking access to the CBP facilities in order to assess the living conditions.
CBP has stopped offering ride-alongs for reporters, which were commonplace for the first three years of the Trump administration, citing health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has been briefed on the conditions at the border and has viewed pictures of the CBP facilities, but the White House has declined to make those photos public.
Meanwhile, the Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, is stonewalling:
…One reporter noted that it’s been three weeks since Psaki was first asked about access for journalists inside facilities: “Why are we still not seeing any images inside these facilities?”
“The DHS oversees the Border Patrol facilities, and we want to work with them to ensure we can do respecting the privacy and obviously the health protocols required by COVID,” the press secretary said.
The reporter noted that the administration has not yet released photos either.
“Again we remain committed to sharing with all of you data on the number of kids crossing the border, the steps we’re taking, the work we’re doing to open up facilities, our own bar we’re setting for ourselves, improving the and expediting the timeline and the treatment of these children,” Psaki said. “And we remain committed to transparency. I don’t have an update for you on the timeline for access, but it’s certainly something we support.” …
Psaki was asked about reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents were “frustrated” they couldn’t answer questions about what’s happening at these facilities or bring reporters inside. CBP officials told the Washington Examiner that Biden Homeland Security officials had “muzzled” spokespersons and other top agents to prevent them from speaking with the media.
“I certainly wouldn’t characterize it that way,” Psaki said. “But if our policy is keeping people quiet, we are not successful, and it is not our policy to prevent people from talking.” She pointed reporters to DHS for the logistics of press access.