According to a new article, a Biden official “asked that he delete his photos” that he took while visiting an overcrowded facility at the US-Mexico border last week.
A Biden aide involved in the tour “asked that he erase his pictures,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told The Washington Examiner. He didn’t, like the rest of the group.”
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He told the Examiner, “There was one of Biden’s members.” “I felt sorry for the lady because she approached me about removing a photo, but by the time she arrived, all of the other photos had been taken, demonstrating the hypocrisy. “None of us would have gone down there if we knew we’d be muzzled,” Braun said, adding that Border Patrol had also requested that no photographs be taken, but that “they were asking us that because they had to.”
Photographs taken by members of the tour group have been published. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and others shared pictures of the overcrowded holding center in Donna, Texas, where “pods” built to house 80 children were crammed with over 700, according to Lankford.
On Friday, Lankford said, “I understand why President Biden doesn’t want the media here – because we do have an open border.” “If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were moved to the Donna facility, which we visited. The facility is built for 80 people per pod, but they had 709 people… literally wall to wall in any one of the small plexiglass cages, and people streaming out into the open.
Following the visit, Braun sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to visit the border himself.
“Given the crisis surrounding this influx, it is a moral necessity that you see firsthand what is going on—rather than the sanitized version of the border tour taken by some of my congressional colleagues,” Braun wrote. “Having personally witnessed this situation this week, I can attest to it being inhumane, unsustainable, and dangerous.”
Braun also mentioned that the group met with border agents near the Rio Grande, where foreigners often cross to illegally enter the United States. He said that “coyotes” who escort people seeking entry into the country heckled the party in Spanish.
“All of a sudden, taunting from the smugglers and coyotes on the other side of the river, much of it in Spanish, telling the border guards that whatever they do, we’re coming,” Braun said. “That kind of hit home in such an anecdotal way because it’s one story that’s a metaphor for what’s going on all along the border,” he continued.
For escorting foreigners across the border, coyotes charge anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000. According to a new study released last week, traffickers taking men, women, and children across the US-Mexico border made as much as $14 million per day in February.
Former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal told Fox News, “Trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry.”