White House confirms Joe Biden has viewed photos from inside packed government holding facilities for child migrants – as it DENIES imposing a gag order on Border Patrol agents
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said advisors briefed Biden ‘with photos’ upon their return from the border
- She spoke a day after Biden said he had no plans to visit himself ‘at the moment’
- She told DailyMail.com he viewed images of facilities for unaccompanied children
- She rejected a suggestion he was okay with what he saw
Advisors who have visited the border have provided President Joe Biden with detailed briefings ‘with photos’ on the conditions inside government holding facilities at the border, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.
She provided the detail amid an uproar over a flood of unaccompanied children at the border – with the government holding more than 3,000 of them beyond the three days set by law inside Customs and Border Patrol facilities.
Psaki was asked at her daily press briefing why Biden did not have plans to visit the border amid the immigration surge. ‘Because his focus is on action,’ said Psaki, a day after Biden said he didn’t have plans to go ‘at the moment.’
President Joe Biden has viewed pictures of U.S. holding facilities for unaccompanied minors at the southern border, the White House revealed Wednesday
She said Biden has been briefed on conditions by his team, including officials who traveled there in recent days.
‘He talks to plenty of officials. He also has received a briefing with photos, and directly from his team that went and visited the border,’ she said.
She then confirmed to DailyMail.com that Biden has specifically been shown photographs from inside facilities where unaccompanied children are being held upon arrival. The administration has confirmed in some cases they are held for more than the three days that federal law limits for such facilities.
A large group of migrants from Central America is gathered after being apprehended by Border Patrol in Penitas, Texas on Friday, March 12th, 2021
A large group of migrants from Central America is gathered after being apprehended by Border Patrol in Penitas, Texas on Friday, March 12th, 2021. The migrants are classified, their property is checked and depending on their situation either transported to a processing center or returned to Mexico
President Biden has viewed images of CBP facilities. The above facility is in Donna, Texas
The White House indicated it would consider sharing the images viewed by the president
‘Yes that was part of the briefing he received when his team came back,’ she said.
Psaki bristled when DailyMail.com asked whether Biden approved of what he saw and if conditions looked okay to him.
‘I certainly did not say that. The Border Patrol facilities are not facilities made for children. He is committed to expediting the processing at the border – one of the reasons he wanted a briefing from people who have been in there so he can see himself, what it looks like,’ she said.
When a reporter asked about making Biden’s team of experts available and release the photos, Psaki responded: ‘I’m happy to invite them to the briefing room and talk to them about the photos.’
Psaki also fielded a question about an NBC report that CBP had told agents not to talk to the press and had denied members of the media from ‘ride-alongs’ with officers that have been common in the past.
Psaki denied such an effort. ‘If our policy is keeping people quit, we are not successful and it is not our policy,’ she said.
The AP and other outlets have quoted officials saying the U.S. has held 3,000 childhood arrivals for longer than the 72 hours prescribed in law. After that amount of time, CBP is supposed to transfer them to Health and Human Services Department custody. The government seeks to connect children with relatives while their claims are pending.