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GOP Senator: Biden Admin Told Us to 'Delete the Pictures' from Border Visit

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Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso said the Biden administration told him and his colleagues to delete photos they took while visiting the southern border.

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” this weekend, Barrasso detailed what officials allegedly told him and other lawmakers while touring the border on March 26.

“You’ve seen the video coming out of all of these kids crammed together under the foil blankets, huddling together,” he said.

“We were told to delete the pictures. No one did.”

“They are crammed in like sardines, and this is what the Biden administration is trying to hide from the American public, which is why we took video and the Biden administration tried to stop us,” Barrasso said.

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United States Customs and Border Protection is currently overwhelmed with migrants coming across the southern border, particularly unaccompanied minors.

Between people coming in large groups and tight quarters, there is a coronavirus positivity rate of around 6 percent, according to The Hill, with it being as high as 10 percent in some facilities, according to Newsweek.

Similar to the lawmakers who went to the border with Barrasso, journalists have also been fighting to get increased access to the border to find out what is truly happening.

Should the public have access to pictures from border facilities?

While the crisis still rages on, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made a surprising suggestion that the administration may resume construction on the border wall, which former President Donald Trump touted as a way to deter illegal immigration.

“[President Biden] has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,” Mayorkas said, according to The Washington Times.

“But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

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The administration seems to be aware they made a mistake by reversing Trump’s border policies, but do not appear fully ready to own up to it.

And if the administration did attempt to censor Barrasso and other Senate Republicans, they were only admitting their defeat.

Americans have the right to be informed about what is happening at the border, and the administration would rather be a gatekeeper to avoid a public relations disaster than a gateway to discovering new solutions.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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