He also told the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the center for unaccompanied alien children — mostly teenagers — that he plans to make other, unannounced visits to Ft. Sill, because “the tragedy that is occurring requires unfettered access.”
“I will bring my staff, interpreters and legal counsel,” Bridenstine wrote in a July 5 letter to HHS’s congressional liaison. “We will speak with HHS staff members, contractor personnel, and persons being detained at the Fort Sill UAC (unaccompanied alien children) facility for whatever period is needed to secure an adequate understanding of facility operations and the stories of those being detained.”
Bridenstine said his “recurring” visits may include other members of Congress — and “responsible journalists” to share the stories with the American people. …
Bridenstine was denied entry to the Ft. Sill holding pen when he made an unannounced visit there earlier this month.
He fumed that a sitting member of Congress was denied entry to a federal facility in the state he represents. “Is the policy that members of Congress don’t have access to federal facilities? That’s the question,” Bridenstine told Fox News on July 2.