A senior law enforcement official in the Department of Security (DHS) spoke to Breitbart Texas, saying they received orders from within the agency limiting their ability to speak freely concerning the growing border crisis.
“The situation with media relations now is night and day compared to the last administration, The anonymous official said. “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.”
The order comes at a time the administration is struggling to handle the growing border crisis. Changes in border security and immigration policies have caused an increase in illegal crossings at the border.
The administration is under criticism as local communities continue to see an increase of migrants in their local neighbourhoods, Breitbart reports.
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said in a recent interview on the Fox News Channel, “I can tell you this, those numbers of people that are being released, they’re purposely withholding that information.”
“I now know that they’re bringing people from McAllen over to Laredo, processing them in Laredo, and they’re going to release them in my community,” the congressman said. “I’ve seen this before, don’t let the local communities know what you’re doing, where they’re starting to bring people in from the valley, process them in Laredo, release them at a bus station. And, again, I’ve seen this before in the past.”
On Saturday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Bidens’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice, visited Texas cities to see the current situation along the border.
Members of the media were not allowed to be present during the visit to the border. According to the source familiar with the media restrictions, the DHS Secretary prevented media presence to prevent the view of overcrowded facilities.