Senators from both sides of the Isle have called on the administration to allow journalists access to the facilities.
“We are committed to transparency,” Saki said at a White House briefing. “We definitely want to make sure the media has access to these sites.”
But when Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, led a bipartisan delegation of senators from El Paso, Texas, on Friday, reporters were not allowed to accompany him.
The Department of Homeland Security said the trip was closed to journalists due to confidentiality and Kovid-19 precautions.
“We are in the midst of an epidemic. We are working with crowded border petrol facilities. We are focused on our operations and the needs of children as well as we are working to provide access to those border petrol facilities “We do it safely when we can,” Mayurakas told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday at the “State of the Union”.
The Biden administration is scrambling to accommodate a surge in illegal minors arriving at the border, which has overwhelmed and strained government resources. Administration officials said Thursday that the federal government has more than 14,000 migrant children.
“We want to make sure the press has access to hold the administration accountable. That’s why I was there, holding them accountable,” said Murphy, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
Senate Rob Portman of Ohio, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, who was on the border trip, said Sunday that he would “absolutely” push DHS to give journalists access.
Under the Trump administration, journalists were allowed to visit and document border and detention facilities in 2019. The Trump administration received backlash for their policy of separating children from their parents at the border – a policy that was eventually reversed – and also came under scrutiny for the status of the facility.
According to documents reviewed by CNN, more than 800 ineffective migrant children have been in Border Patrol custody for more than 10 days. Federal law requires the Department of Health and Human Services to deport children within 72 hours, overseeing a shelter network designed for home minors, but amid epidemic-related barriers, children from 72 Staying in custody for a long time. Hour limit.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Sinima and Republican Sen. of Arizona. John Cornyn of Texas wrote a letter to Biden on Monday, in which he urged “to use our full officers to effectively respond to and successfully manage the ongoing crisis on our southwestern border.”
“It is important that our nation takes aggressive steps to secure our border, protect our communities, and deal appropriately and humanely with migrants,” the Democratic and Republican letter wrote.
Senior Biden administration officials are traveling to Mexico on Monday to discuss the management of migration with government officials. According to NSC spokesman Emma Hornay, Biden administration coordinator Roberto Jacobson for the southern border and Juan Gonzalez, senior director of the National Security Council of the Western Hemisphere, will travel.
Priscilla Alvarez and Geneva Sands of CNN contributed to this report.