A top police source in the DHS has reported he got verbal orders from superiors limiting his freedom to talk freely about the crisis at the border.
The official with direct knowledge of the border situation spoke with anonymity because he is not allowed to speak publicly. “The rules regarding media is completely different compared to Trump’s administration, The official stated. “We have been told not to speak about immigration issues and to use DHS’s Office of Public Affairs to handle the media.”
The order applies to leaders inside DHS and has no expiration timeline. It comes as the Biden administration is trying to manage the growing problems caused by immigration policies and border security triggering a spike in illegal immigration.
As communities at the border are grappling with the release of illegals into their towns, the administration is getting criticism even within their own ranks.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said during an interview on Fox News, “I can say this, the number of people being released, they are purposely keeping that information hidden.”
“They’re bringing illegals from McAllen to Laredo, getting them processed in Laredo, and then they will release them in our community,” the Democratic congressman said. “We have experienced this before, don’t let the small communities know the plan. We have seen this before.”
The verbal command, given through DHS chain of command, is supposed to stop senior leaders from sharing information on the immigration problem that currently plagues the Biden White House. This weekend, Biden’s director of the Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited several Texan cities to view the border themselves.
Journalists were blocked from the delegation’s visit to Border Patrol areas and a HHS unaccompanied children’s facility.
According to the DHS source, the delegation prohibited media access to prevent the imagery of overcrowded facilities from going public.