Sanchez: Not ‘Appropriate’ for Journalists to See Inside Border Facilities

Sanchez: Not ‘Appropriate’ for Journalists to See Inside Border Facilities

March 20, 2021

Thursday on CNN’s Newsroom, Rep. Linda Sanchez said it is not appropriate for journalists to be inside centers that are housing the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Asked if she was concerned over the lack of transparency surrounding the inability of reporters having access to the border facilities, Sanchez replied, “I will tell you, under the Trump administration, members of Congress were not allowed inside these facilities.”

The host pointed out that Sanchez was upset about that lack of transparency; isn’t she concerned about it now?

“Sure. Well, again, when you ever have the numbers and the facilities appropriate for children, but because of COVID protocols, you have to have social distancing,” Sanchez claimed. “So they are trying to process children as quickly as they can, and, no, these detention facilities at the border were not meant for children. Children are meant to be in licensed facilities. But because of the numbers and because of the social distancing that is required, they are doing the best that they can. I don’t necessarily think that it is appropriate for journalists to be inside centers that are not permanent places for children, that children are not placed there permanently. They are processed out of those facilities as quickly as possible and as quickly as the facilities will allow.”

The host pressed, “Some of them are being held there longer than they are legally supposed to be.”

Sanchez said, “They are doing the best they can under COVID protocols. If it were not a pandemic, I would totally understand the concern, but we’re dealing in a unique set of circumstances that are unprecedented. You can’t fault an administration that is doing everything humanly possible to treat these kids in a humane way given the limitations that they have because of COVID.”

Translation: don’t blame us for the border crisis we’ve caused and which we won’t allow reporters to witness.

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