According to Republican Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio the reason the media is not allowed to come near the migrant facilities is because the Biden administration does not “want the American people to know what’s going on,” Fox News informed.
Jordan made the comment on “Sunday Morning Futures” during an interview with host Maria Bartiromo following his recent visit to the U.S. southern border where he inspected a migrant facility in Donna, Texas.
Bartiromo stated that he and the group of lawmakers were given orders not to take any photographs and when they asked for written permission to film “they were told by Biden’s handlers it’s a moot point.”
Jordan acknowledged that was the case and mentioned that the media weren’t allowed entrance into the facility.
He stressed, that based on what he had witnessed during his trip to the border, “these conditions are just not appropriate at all.”
Jordan noted that in “one pod that we looked at in the Donna facility” there “were supposed to be 33 kids in this area, [but] there were 527.”
“That’s what the conditions are like,” he said.
“If the press were allowed in, the Border Patrol agents would tell them exactly what they told us, namely that the reason for this is because of the policy that Joe Biden has now adopted, which is we’re not going to keep people in Mexico, the policy that President Trump had,” the Ohio congressman added.
President Joe Biden has scrapped a number of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which included wall construction and having asylum seekers remain in Mexico instead of staying in the U.S. while they wait for their cases to be heard. The moves have led to a record surge in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, that has strained capacity at immigration facilities in recent weeks.
Jordan argued that scrapping asylum seekers remaining in Mexico “is what’s driving the huge volume” and that “the huge volume of people coming is what’s driving the terrible conditions and the harm that has been done to some of these kids.”
The Biden administration has come under fire from not only Republicans, but also journalists for the lack of media access to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities where migrants — particularly child migrants — are being held, even as pictures emerge showing cramped conditions.
The administration has denied there is a crisis at the border, calling it instead a “challenge” and blaming the Trump administration for the surge in numbers as it seeks to reverse its policies.
When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was quizzed about the lack of media access last month, she cited issues like the COVID-19 pandemic as to why reporters haven’t been given access.
A few days later, on March 30, the Biden administration allowed journalists for the first time inside the border detention facility for migrant children located in Donna, Texas, which The Associated Press reported revealed “a severely overcrowded tent structure where more than 4,000 people, including children and families, were crammed into a space intended for 250.”