[VIDEO] Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Reports from Migrant-Children Facility He Was Denied Access to Are ‘Devastating’Posted: July 2, 2014 | |
“All I wanted to do was to talk to who was in charge of the facility.”
— Representative Jim Bridenstine
For National Review Online, Caroline Rizzo reports: Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.), who was was denied access to an immigrant-detainee facility run by the Health and Human Services Department in his state on Monday, says he felt he had to visit it amidst reports of rape and abuse from children being held in the military barracks.
” I’m going to send an e-mail, and it’s going to be a press release indicating that you guys are denying me access to a federal facility in my state, and I’m on the Armed Services Committee.”
When the congressman tried to reach HHS, he said, he couldn’t even get the deputy communications director on the phone. The deputy’s assistant informed Bridenstine that he could e-mail the deputy director.
“This problem exists specifically because of failed presidential policy.”
Bridenstine recalled his response on air: “Well, I’m going to send an e-mail, and it’s going to be a press release indicating that you guys are denying me access to a federal facility in my state, and I’m on the Armed Services Committee. I’m on the Subcommittee on Oversight. The reports I’m hearing that these children are going through — it’s devastating.” (That’s what he did.)
Bridenstine stressed that the issues surrounding immigration facilities, like the one in Oklahoma, directly stem from the president’s policies…(read more)