Biden Administration Won’t Allow Media to Tour Migrant Children Facility ‘Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic’

by Kaylee Greenlee


Members of the media will not be able to visit migrant detention centers holding minors near the southern border due to COVID-19, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Reporters will not be allowed inside the Carrizo Springs facility for unaccompanied minors that was recently opened under the Biden administration in Texas, a Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) spokesperson told the DCNF.

“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an ACF spokesperson told the DCNF. “If media tours resume, we will send a media advisory,” the spokesperson added.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would look into why an ABC News reporter was told they would not be allowed to tour migrant facilities in Texas due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during a White House briefing Monday.

“I’m happy to take a look at that, I owe it to my people to understand the situation and the reasons why access was denied,” Mayorkas said. “Let me share with you what I communicate to the workforce and we’ll leave it at that because it’s in the service of openness and transparency. Don’t shrink from criticism, just work very hard not to deserve it,” Mayorkas said.

Carrizo Springs is privately operated and does not have to comply with the standards set for other government-owned facilities leading to criticism from immigration activists, The Wall Street Journal reported. The facility once housed oil field workers and was remodeled to accommodate unaccompanied migrant children.

The Carrizo Springs facility was originally opened in June 2019 under the Trump administration and received criticism from Democrats, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to say how the migrants would be treated differently under the Biden administration, the DCNF reported.

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Kaylee Greenlee is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.




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3 Thoughts to “Biden Administration Won’t Allow Media to Tour Migrant Children Facility ‘Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic’”

  1. So, more “following the science,” eh? Science says kids aren’t transmitters. So why no access? Because they don’t want the media/public seeing kids in cages, kids pretty much sleeping on top of one another, and those really spiffy shipping containers with th curtains on the itsy-bitsy windows.

    Covid-19, my butt.

  2. EdC

    The “media” will not complain. They will just make things up, of course now they will be glowing puff pieces

  3. Kendra Tilley

    My, my, how convenient this fake COVID thing is turning out to be. I hope you are catching on to the fact that as long as they can continue to use COVID (the yearly flu) to their political advantage (ie until after the 2024 elections perhaps) life will not return to normal. Of course my life has remained normal because I am one of the minority that refuses to be a victim of this political ruse. The truth is they do not want the public to know what is taking place at the border just like they have shut off the capitol to the public, no visitor logs, no schedules, no State of the Union all to hide the truth about dementia riddled Beijing Biden.