Acting CBP chief on southern border tour refuses interview requests, claims it’s a ‘no media visit’

In case you’re not aware, the situation on the southern U.S. border is becoming worse by the day. But don’t worry, it’s not a “crisis,” as President Joe Biden’s administration prefers you use the term “challenge” instead.

Adding to the speculation of just how terrible the border crisis is becoming are recent reports that top Biden administration officials, like the acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is currently on a private, “no media visit” at the border, refusing interview requests made by Breitbart Texas, according to the outlet

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As the influx of illegal immigrants — including a surge in unaccompanied minors — continue to rush across the border now that Biden is in charge with his undeniably weak border security policies, it’s only natural that the media seeks answers as to what’s really going on and how the administration plans to fix it.

Breitbart Texas requested an interview with Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Troy Miller in an attempt to find out his take on the current border situation, as any reporter would.

The response from CBP on the outlet’s professional request? “Sorry but this is strictly a no-media visit.”

That answer shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though, as last week it was widely reported that the Biden administration sent orders to the agency that essentially prevent senior officials from speaking with the press, only adding fuel to a growing fire of speculation as to the actual crisis level at the border.

“We have been advised not to speak on immigration issues at the border and to rely on DHS’s Office of Public Affairs and the Whitehouse Press Office to handle messaging,” an anonymous official reportedly told the outlet last week.

Political combat

As Politico reported, a growing list of Republicans are voicing their concern over what’s happening at the southern U.S. border and demanding that the White House be more transparent with the American people concerning just how bad it really is.

“On the very first day of his administration, there wasn’t a plan to open up American business or American schools, President Biden announced it was his priority to offer ‘citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.’ What did he think would happen?” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) returned fire, suggesting that the border crisis under Biden’s administration was one that was “inherited” from the Trump administration.

“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi said, ignoring the fact that Biden spent his first days in office not only pushing his pro-immigration stance through executive orders but also reversing most of Trump’s border policies that helped prevent this type of influx in the past.

America is facing a number of issues under the Biden administration, but the border crisis is easily one of the most kitchen table-level issues of them all. The optics of the situation for Biden’s White House will only continue to worsen until the administration admits that there’s an actual problem and vows to work with Republicans on a solution.

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