GOP Senators Refuse Biden Aide Request to Delete Photos of Migrant Facilities

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Republican senators who visited overcrowded migrant detention facilities said they refused to delete pictures they took after a Biden administration aide asked them to.

“There was one of Biden’s representatives. I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy,” Sen Mike Braun of Indiana said.

The group was touring a facility in Donna, Texas, that has been overrun by thousands of migrants for weeks.

“None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled,” Braun added, noting that Border Patrol officials were also asking that no one take photos, but that “they were telling us that because they had to.”

Braun also updated Indianans on what he witnessed:

Due to the mass overcrowding, the Biden administration has committed to spending as much as $86 million to house migrant children and families in hotels, they are coming so quickly and in such great numbers.

The Washington Examiner added:

Those photos showed children as young as 3 years old jammed into the facilities that Braun described as the worst situation for migrants in 20 years. He earlier provided Secrets with a video of migrants being held by the dozens under a bridge.

In a debriefing of the tour, Braun said that one of the first stops was with border agents at the edge of the Rio Grande, where illegal immigrants typically cross. There, he said, the “coyotes,” who charge $4,000 to $20,000 to get migrants across, heckled the group in Spanish.

“All of a sudden to hear from the other side of the river taunting from the smugglers and coyotes, most of it in Spanish, telling the border guards that whatever you do, we’re coming,” said Braun. “That kind of hit home in such an anecdotal way because it is one story that kind of is a metaphor for what’s happening all up and down the border.

Braun and the other senators placed the blame for the current migrant crisis squarely on Joe Biden, who began signing executive orders undoing Donald Trump’s strict border enforcement policies on his first day in office.

“A big welcome sign was put out,” said Braun. “I think it was a political blunder.”

Other critics say the policy changes were purposeful — aimed at overwhelming the system so it can be declared irreparably ‘broken’ and replaced with one that essentially makes open borders official U.S. policy.

Earlier this week, Trump called into Fox News and railed against Biden’s reversals of his policies, which he also blamed for the current migrant crisis.

“You have a lot of bad people coming into our country and they’re [the Biden administration] is doing nothing about it,” Trump said, adding that murderers and sex traffickers are among those currently entering the U.S. illegally. “It’s crazy.”

“You can’t take millions of people, they’ll have millions of people before this mess is over. And they’ve got some kind of political theory I guess that it’s a good thing… We want people to come in but they have to be able to help our country. They have to come in through merit and they have to come in legally,” Trump added.

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