The White House is clamping down after damning photos of the growing border crisis surface. For weeks, reporters have requested access to certain border camps for children to assess the living conditions for unaccompanied minor children attempting to cross the border. However, the photos were so damaging to Biden’s administration he decided not to release them.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psai informed reporters that Biden is considering “potential options” to allow journalists in to report on living conditions for unaccompanied minors, but stopped short of saying they’re willing to release the photos.
Asked why Pres. Biden does not plan to visit southern border, press sec. Psaki tells @karentravers “his focus is on action,” adding, “he also has received a briefing with photos directly from his team who went and visited the border.” https://t.co/QG8B9jIILe pic.twitter.com/HR7GGwfOyS
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) March 17, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has been a source of blame and an easy way out for the White House. They cite the pandemic as the main reason why they’re keeping journalists out. Despite their incredibly lack of transparency at the border, Psaki still insists the administration is dedicated to “unity” and “transparency.”
Instead of visiting the border himself, Biden received in-depth photographs of the border crisis after he sent an envoy to review conditions for illegal immigrants.
Children were only housed by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency for a short period of time before they were transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services for longer-term care, often being placed with a family member or sponsor, Psaki reiterated.
However, reports have emerged claiming minors are being apprehended for more than 72 hours by the Biden administration. If true, this would be a violation of federal immigration law.