Biden administration under fire for refusing to allow media access to overcrowded migrant facilities
“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace took White House press secretary Jen Psaki to the woodshed over the Biden administration’s lack of transparency regarding the border crisis.
“The only way we know how bad conditions are for some 5,000 minors in his Border Patrol facilities is because of these pictures that members of Congress have released on their own,” Wallace pointed out.
He then pressed Psaki to allow the media and public to see the conditions of the migrant camps where tens of thousands of illegal alien children are being kept.
“Jen, these kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the president says everything will be fixed, so why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis based domain safely to show the American people what’s happening in those border patrol facilities right now?” he asked.
“Chris, we are absolutely committed to that, the president is committed to that, I’m committed to that, Secretary Mayorkas is committed to that,” Psaki responded.
“When?” interrupted Wallace.
Psaki blamed the “pandemic” on lack of access, but said the Biden administration is “working to get that done as soon as we can.”
“We want to provide access into the border patrol facility. We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic,” she said. “We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe, but we are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media to the border patrol facilities, and we are working to get that done as soon as we can.”
Wallace noted that the children have been detained for longer than 72 hours in violation of the law.
“But just to clarify, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities, but what we are talking about here are the Border Patrol facilities, the detention cells, you know there is a law that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours, many of them are there for ten days,” Wallace said.
“At this point, in terms of allowing access to Border Patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump administration,” he added.
Psaki argued that the Biden administration is being more humane to the migrant children by keeping them detained in overcrowded conditions.
“Well, first of all, Chris, the Trump administration was turning away kids at the border, sending them back on the treacherous journey, or they were ripping kids from the arms of their parents. We are not doing that. We are committed to allowing cameras into the Border Patrol facilities, absolutely,” Psaki said.
That is, on the Biden administration’s terms.