No wonder Joe Biden has refused to visit the border as his administration continues to stonewall on questions of when the press will be permitted to tour the immigrant facilities. If Biden made the trip, news cameras would almost certainly follow, revealing the subhuman conditions inside his detention centers. And, yes, make no mistake: These are detention centers, not the benign holding facilities or “bunkhouses” the administration has painted them to be.
Earlier this month, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters inquiring about the living conditions at the border:
We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years. We’re going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect, and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.
But the photos released by Project Veritas tell a radically different story.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, released photos to Axios that provide the first glimpse inside one of the tents, prompting Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe in turn to share his own photographs and video footage:
Both show migrants asleep on the floor of fenced-in enclosures — called cages during the Trump era — their prostrate forms half cloaked by the familiar aluminum foil blankets.
If there is one difference between the conditions when Donald Trump was president and now, it is in the sheer volume of detainees under Biden, which are severely overcrowded.
So far there has been no reaction from the administration, which according to Psaki remains
“committed to transparency.”
It will be interesting to see how the media react to these images, considering their repeated demands that the administration make border conditions available to the media and public at large.