Rep. Linda SanchezLinda Teresa SánchezDemocrats move smaller immigration bills while eyeing broad overhaulBiden should emphasize immigration enforcementDemocrats rush to Biden’s defense on border surgeMORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday said she didn’t think journalists should be granted access to federal facilities where migrant children are being held near the southern border.
I don’t necessarily think that it’s appropriate for journalists to be inside centers that are, are not permanent places for children, Sanchez said when asked during a CNN interview about the Biden administration’s lack of transparency concerning Customs and Border Protection activity.
Journalists and refugee advocates have pressed the Biden administration to provide access to facilities where immigrant children are being housed. Reporters have also complained of border agencies no longer offering ride-alongs, which were common during most of the Trump administration.
Sanchez’s remarks on Thursday came in response to CNN anchor Poppy Harlow’s question about whether she was concerned that the Biden administration wasnt giving reporters access to facilities that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasMore than 14,000 migrant children in US custody: officialRepublicans call for hearing on border surgeBiden to send surplus AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Mexico, CanadaMORE has said were not meant for children.
Sanchez initially replied that former President TrumpDonald TrumpAdvocates demand transparency in Biden migrant facilitiesThe Memo: America faces long war with extremismNYPD investigating anti-Asian incident against teenMORE had denied members of Congress access.
But that doesn’t mean anything now, respectfully congresswoman. I mean, clearly you were upset about that lack of transparency. Are you concerned about this lack of transparency? the anchor asked.
In response, Sanchez defended the administrations response to the migrant surge and said it was not appropriate for reporters to visit facilities that are only meant to be temporary holding centers for unaccompanied child migrants.
[The] children are not placed there permanently, Sanchez said. They’re processed out of those facilities as quickly as possible. And as quickly as the facilities will allow.
Her comments came a day before the Department of Homeland Security said reporters would not be allowed to accompany Mayorkas on Friday as he tours facilities at the southern border.
Immigration has quickly become one of the biggest challenges facing the Biden administration. Apprehensions at the border rose 28 percent from January to February, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. And earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. is on pace to encounter more individuals on the Southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.