During an early debate among Democratic presidential candidates, Joe Biden said that if elected, there should be a “surge at the border.”
“All those people seeking asylum, they deserve to be heard,” he said. “If you want to flee and you are fleeing oppression, you should come.”
In the first Democratic primary debate, Biden says when he’s president, illegal immigrants should “immediately surge to the border” pic.twitter.com/Fq1vCNEN75
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 17, 2021
Biden clearly has followed through with that messaging, but the consequent crisis at the border has exposed his failure to follow through on another promise, “transparency.”
John Daniel Davidson at the Federalist noted the Biden administration has in place an “unofficial gag order,” preventing Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs from speaking to the media.
NBC News reported Border Patrol staff have been told to refer all media requests, even from local outlets, to Customs and Border Protection staffers in Washington. And officials are to deny all “ride-along” requests.
Danielson pointed out it’s taking place as migrants are “overwhelming federal facilities ill-equipped to house and care for minors.” The Department of Homeland Security has withheld media tours, and lawyers who have been inside overcrowded detention facilities say they lack food, bed space and showers.