As the crisis at the southern border continues to grow to an unprecedented level, Customs and Border Protection officials are reportedly banned from speaking to press – under an unofficial “gag order.”
President Biden’s rather relaxed immigration policies continue to encourage a massive influx of illegals in the U.S. and the Biden administration is now barring Border Patrol officials from speaking to the press or allowing journalists to tour border facilities, according to NBC News.
NBC reported, “Border Patrol officials have been told to deny all media requests for “ride-alongs” with agents along the southern land border; local press officers are instructed to send all information queries, even from local media, to the press office in Washington for approval; and those responsible for cultivating data about the number of migrants in custody have been reminded not to share the information with anyone to prevent leaks, the officials said.”
The outlet continued saying, “Multiple news organizations, including NBC News, have requested access to or photos from inside overcrowded border processing facilities holding unaccompanied migrant children; they have been denied. The DHS press office released one photo late Tuesday of a mother and child undergoing a health screening inside a border facility, but no wider shots to show conditions or sleeping arrangements.”
While the new restrictions have not been detailed in an official memo, they have been passed down through the ranks verbally.
Such tactics were never used by President Trump’s administration – though if they were, the media would have likely crucified him rather than give him the virtual hall pass President Biden is receiving.
News of the “gag order” follows a Tuesday report suggesting that the number of unaccompanied children at the border is three times higher than previously believed.
CBS News host Norah O’Donnell said Biden’s border crisis was “growing larger and more dire by the day.”
“Tonight, we have got the stunning new numbers,” O’Donnell said.
“Sources tell CBS News more than 13,000 migrant children who entered the country without their parents are now in U.S. custody. The government says even more adults are being turned back every day.”
In a tweet, O’Donnell noted that the 13,000 unaccompanied minors, which is significantly higher than the roughly 4,200 that were reported in U.S. custody at the start of the week, “are being held in U.S. custody for an average of 120 hours, far longer than the 72 hours allowed by law.”
Illegal immigrants flocking to the U.S. southern border have made it clear why they are coming now – going as far as citing some of Joe Biden’s rhetoric as the reason why they decided to make the trip now.
Biden attempted to push back to save face on Tuesday interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
“The idea that Joe Biden said, ‘Come’ – because I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy,” Biden said. “Here’s the deal, they’re not.”
“I can say quite clearly: Don’t come,” Biden added later. “Don’t leave your town or city or community.”