Reports that thousands of unaccompanied minors are illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. have abounded in recent weeks, resulting in concern not only for the government’s disregard of federal law but also for the safety of these young illegals.
Many are being housed in temporary facilities under largely unknown conditions; and in an effort to determine what these children are experiencing, a number of legislators planned a visit to one of these locations Friday. According to a Daily Caller report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed a 40-minute tour of one specific facility; however, they also implemented a number of rules limiting what lawmakers will be allowed to do once inside.
The site provided details from an HHS email inviting Congress members. Some of the restrictions include:
No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in our vehicle)
No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed later
No interacting with staff and children at the shelter
We will provide photos of the facility after the tour
These visitors are the only representatives Americans will have in the ongoing quest to determine how illegals are being treated and integrated into our society. The Obama administration, however, is making it nearly impossible to adequately perform that task.
Naturally, many are outraged over the lack of accessibility lawmakers will have during the highly regimented tour.
“Don’t talk to anyone, don’t record anything you might happen to see; but come visit us and we’ll give you a sanitized story with only the photos and accounts we want you to have,” one congressional staffer said in describing the visit to the Daily Caller.
The inside source concluded the government “wouldn’t be offering up this kind of dog and pony show if they weren’t’ hiding a very ugly truth somewhere.”
It appears the facility legislators will be allowed to visit – located at the Ventura County Navy Base – was selected for a reason. At this point, reports indicate it houses 91 children out of a recommended capacity of 230. That capacity, however, is set to increase more than twofold to 575 in the near future.
Other facilities are already at or near capacity. Of course, these locations are not being considered for any congressional tours.
HHS indicates two other military facilities – and 94 non-military sites – have been designated as housing for these unaccompanied minors. The Obama administration has been unforthcoming about how many kids are being accepted into America and how long these facilities are set to continue housing them.
Judging by the secrecy surrounding Friday’s visit by legislators, it seems the federal government is in no hurry to begin divulging information.
Photo credit: NAVFAC (Flickr)
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom