Biden Official asked GOP senators to delete photos of border fortifications, Senator says
Senator Mike Braun (R., Ind.) Said Saturday that a Biden official asked a group of Republican Senators visiting the southern border to delete photos taken of the overcrowded conditions at a migrant processing and holding center where they were the day before Donna, Texas. “There was a representative from Biden. I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but when she came to me all the other pictures were taken and that shows you the hypocrisy, “Braun told the Washington Examiner. “Neither of us would have gone down there if we had a muzzle,” said Braun, adding that Border Patrol ordered them not to take photos, even though “they told us to because they had to.” Braun and a group of 18 other Republican lawmakers visited the facility, which is 700 percent busy. Photos show children sleeping on mats on the floor and migrants in closed pods. The Indiana Republican told the newspaper that during a stopover on the edge of the Rio Grande with border officials, they encountered so-called “coyotes” who lead migrants across the border for money. “Suddenly from across the river you heard the smugglers and coyotes mocking, most of them in Spanish, and told the border guards that whatever you do, we were coming,” said Braun. “That kind of hit in such an anecdotal way because it’s a story that’s a metaphor for what’s going on up and down the border. After the visit, Braun wrote a letter to the president asking him to visit the border himself. “The crisis surrounding this boom makes it a moral imperative for you to see firsthand what is happening – and not the adjusted version of the border tour that some of my congressional colleagues have undertaken,” wrote Braun. “After going in person this week, I can testify that this is an inhumane, unsustainable and dangerous situation. The legislature’s visit comes amid a deepening crisis at the border as officials struggle to keep up with the influx of migrants – especially unaccompanied minors – at the border. As of Thursday, more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors were in custody for border, health and human services purposes. The surge has resulted in delays in processing centers required by law to get children to HHS shelters in less than 72 hours.