GOP senator says officials from the Biden administration have ordered him to remove photos of migrant camps
GOP Senator John Barasso says officials from the Biden administration have ordered him to “delete” photos taken in a migrant facility where children are “stuffed like sardines.”
- Barasso said in an interview on Sunday that he had been told to remove the photos
- GOP senator from Wyoming joined Ted Cruz’s border delegation last weekend
- He said no member of the delegation had heeded the order to remove the photos
- Told how unaccompanied minors in facilities are ‘stuffed like sardines’
Senator John Barasso has alleged that officials from Biden’s government have ordered him to remove photos taken at a migrant shelter where unaccompanied minors are “stuffed like sardines.”
Barasso, a Republican from Wyoming, joined Senator Ted Cruz’s delegation to the border last weekend and told Fox news that none of the 18 senators who went met the requirement to remove photos.
“We were told to delete the photos,” he said. Nobody did. You’ve seen the video coming of all these kids crammed together under the foil blankets, huddled together. ‘
‘They’re stuffed like sardines. And this is what the Biden administration is trying to hide from the American public, ”he said.
Senator John Barasso, a Republican from Wyoming, spoke about his border visit in an interview with Fox News presenter Maria Bartiromo
Barasso, seen second from the right, joined Tex Cruz’s GOP delegation to the border last weekend
“This is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security crisis,” Barrasso said. “You may have seen that the number of unaccompanied minors today is the highest in history.”
Cruz and other members of the delegation have previously made similar claims, saying that administration “ flacks ” ordered them to remove photos, claiming that they would violate children’s privacy. The delegation has released photos obscuring the faces of migrants.
President Joe Biden has denied that his policies have sparked a wave of illegal border crossings, but Republican critics said his attempt to end key Trump administration policies has exacerbated the crisis.
Officials said Friday that the federal government may be housing unaccompanied migrant children on a base of the California Army National Guard in central California.
The Pentagon approved the use of Camp Roberts to temporarily house migrant children traveling alone, a defense official said.
Young minors will be in a capsule on March 20 in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley.
Ted Cruz shared this photo from the Donna facility last weekend
It was not immediately clear whether or how many children could be placed in the camp, which lies almost directly between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Salinas River.
The US Department of Health and Human Services said on Saturday that the camp is “under active consideration.” The department has not yet finalized its decision.
“When HHS decides to activate an Emergency Influx Site for unaccompanied migrant children, we will notify state and local authorities and members of Congress,” the department said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had requested use of the base, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed Thursday.
The California National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Senators Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham are seen on their border excursion
Border authorities hit more than 9,000 children without a parent in February, the highest month since May 2019, when more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors came to the border.
After they are processed by the Border Patrol, they are transferred to Health and Human Services. Eventually they will be released to a sponsor, usually a parent or close relative.
Unlike adults in many situations, all unaccompanied minors are allowed to stay in the US
That dynamic has prompted many parents to either send children to America on their own, or to go to the border and let them go the rest of the way. Most end up at least temporarily in shelters that are currently well beyond capacity.