A group of 21 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden urging him to stop blocking media access at the southern border — and ripping him for “actively misleading the American people.”
“Seeing as your Administration refuses to publicly acknowledge the crisis in contradiction to demonstrable facts, denying reporters access can only be seen as a craven effort to keep the public from fully realizing the extent to which the administration’s policies have created chaos, lawlessness and human suffering along our southern border,” reads the letter dated Thursday and obtained by Fox News.
Biden and his cohorts have refused to characterize the swell of migrants — including thousands of unaccompanied children — a crisis, despite reports of cramped facilities and kids sleeping on floors.
Journalists at the US-Mexico border, including from The Post, have been barred from entering shelters housing the migrants and told not to photograph operations — despite Biden touting a commitment to “transparency.”
“The southern border is clearly in crisis, and your Administration appears not only to disseminate myths to the American people about the dire situation, but is also actively engaging in behavior that is preventing transparency and accountability to the American people you were elected to serve,” the letter says.
The lawmakers — led by Texas Rep. Chip Roy — note that 5,000 unaccompanied children are being held in Customs and Border Protection facilities, spending far longer in federal custody than the 72-hour limit.
“There are more than 16,000 UACs in government custody and your administration is not only being dishonest about the situation but actively misleading the American people and blocking access to transparency,” the letter says.
It ends with a request “that your Administration immediately stop blocking media access to current border operations, and to be straightforward with the American people about what is truly happening at our southern border.”
At his first press conference Thursday, Biden blamed the border crisis on the Trump administration’s immigration policies, claiming a massive influx of migrants “happens every year.”
Asked when reporters will be allowed to visit Border Patrol facilities housing children, the president said, “I don’t know, to be clear.”