President BidenJoe BidenBiden hampered by lack of confirmationsLouisiana special election to replace Richmond heads to runoffLarry Summers blasts .9 T stimulus as ‘least responsible’ economic policy in 40 yearsMORE’s secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasNumber of migrant children in US custody passed 15,000: reportSunday shows preview: Biden administration grapples with border surge; US mourns Atlanta shooting victimsMexico launches measures to limit border crossings from GuatemalaMORE, clashed Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – What’s happening on the US borderThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to hit road, tout COVID-19 relief lawFauci urges Trump to tell supporters to be vaccinatedMORE on Sunday over press access to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities where migrant children are housed before being transferred to Health and Human Services (HHS) housing.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace asked Mayorkas why reporters have not get gained access to CBP facilities, in particular during his recent trip to the border with a congressional delegation.
Mayorkas responded by citing concerns related to COVID-19, adding that the administration is “working on providing footage” of CBP facilities for news organizations.
Wallace countered that the more than yearlong pandemic amounted to an “excuse” for not allowing reporters inside, and stated that there had to be a safe way for a press pool reporter and camera crew to be granted access.
“We’re working on providing access so that individuals can see what conditions inside a Border Patrol facility are like,” Mayorkas told Wallace.
“Certainly, reporters can see Health and Human Services shelters where children are housed for longer periods of time,” he added.
The DHS secretary’s comments were mocked later on the show by Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: Biden administration grapples with border surge; US mourns Atlanta shooting victimsGOP senators introduce bill to push tougher trade stance on ChinaGOP seizes on measures barring trans athletesMORE (R-Ark.), who knocked Mayorkas for appearing, albeit virtually, on Wallace’s program.
“It’s rich that Secretary Mayorkas won’t let press travel with him…but he will come on your show,” Cotton said.
Calls for the press to be allowed to see conditions inside facilities housing migrant children have grown in recent weeks amid a surge of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
CBS News reported Saturday that the number of minors being housed by the U.S. after arriving at the border has surpassed 15,000, including roughly 5,000 being housed in a temporary tent facility operated by CBP along the border.