The past week, a Republican senator claims that a Biden administration official “asked that he delete his photos” that he took as he took a tour of the massively overcrowded facilities at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), in a statement to The Washington Examiner, said that a Biden aide involved in the tour of the facilities “asked that he delete his photos. Like others on the trip, he didn’t.”
“There was one of Biden’s representatives,” Braun stated to the Examiner. “I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy. None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled,” continued Braun, who added that Border Patrol also asked that no photos be taken, but that “they were telling us that because they had to.'”
Members of the group that toured the sites have already released the photos that they took while there. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) posted their photos of the hold facilities in Donna, Texas. Lankford went on to say that the “pods” which were designed to hold about 80 people were crammed to the brim with over 700 individuals.
“I know why President Biden doesn’t want the media to be here – because we do have an open border,” –Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
“If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. That facility is designed for 80 people in a pod, and they had 709 people… literally wall to wall in every one of the little plexiglass cells that they have, and people flooding out into the hallway,” Lankford said on Friday.
As a result of the visit, Braun was moved to write a letter to President Joe Biden challenging him to visit the border and see the crisis for himself.
“The crisis surrounding this surge makes it a moral imperative for you to see firsthand what is happening—and not the sanitized version of the border tour taken by some of my congressional colleagues,” Braun wrote. “Having personally gone this week, I can testify to this being an inhumane, unsustainable, and dangerous situation.”
Braun and the group went on to meet with border agents near the edge of the Rio Grande, which is a popular spot for migrants to enter the U.S. illegally. Braun stated that then “coyotes” who help smuggle people hoping to enter the U.S. began to heckle the group in Spanish.
“All of a sudden to hear from the other side of the river taunting from the smugglers and coyotes, most of it in Spanish, telling the border guards that whatever you do, we’re coming,” said Braun. “That kind of hit home in such an anecdotal way because it is one story that kind of is a metaphor for what’s happening all up and down the border.”
The crisis that the Biden administration refuses to acknowledge is getting more and more out of control. We will have to wait and see what the response is by Biden regarding the challenge to see the border crisis himself.