Democrats enjoy making a spectacle of themselves. Thus, they show up at border facilities and raise a little cane. But the Department of Homeland Security decided enough is enough.
This week, the House Oversight Committee planned to visit facilities along the Mexican border. However, the previous misbehavior of several staffers put a wrench in the committee’s plans.
Apparently, Elijah Cummings sent staffers to do “oversight inspections” last week. This week, he intended to send staffers to view more ICE and CBP centers. Instead, DHS revoked their access after Cummings’ staff engaged in behaviors that interfered with law enforcement operations. Such behaviors include: refusing to leave one site after their scheduled time expired, skipping tours, and rude behavior towards officers.
A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit. One of those visits took place on Tuesday.
“Due to the operational burden placed on the field by their refusal to comply with instruction during last week’s STAFFDEL [staff delegation visit], CBP pulled the trip in which more site visits were to take place at CBP and ICE facilities this week,” a senior DHS official told Fox News in an email Wednesday. “DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week.”
Democrats Want to Cry Foul Play
Sources on the left tried to twist the facts.
The article continues:
A Democratic source suggested the visit is being nixed due to concerns about what staff were learning from detainees about conditions on the ground.
That’s not how the agency described it. Last week, following a visit to one of the first facilities on the committee staff’s itinerary, DHS Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christine Ciccone wrote to Cummings, notifying him that due to his staff’s violations of guidelines, their planned follow-up tour could not be accommodated.
“During discussions between Department and Committee staff, however, the Committee staff repeatedly stated that they do not intend to abide by DHS guidelines,” Ciccone wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News. “In light of this, we are unable to accommodate your staff’s visit … unless we receive a firm commitment that the Committee and its staff will comply fully with all existing guidelines and policies.”
She added that the staff’s attempts to “conduct interviews and take photographs” without limitations are “a significant deviation” from DHS policy and “could jeopardize” the department’s ability to meet legal obligations.
Here’s the deal. You know if this went far enough for DHS to take action, then it’s actually more serious than what officials suggest. In fact, it has come to light that DHS officials held a “late-night phone call with committee staff, urging them to respect officers on the ground as to not disrupt business at facilities.”
But of course, Democrats make a mockery of the safety of both migrants and officers all for some marginal political gain.
The AOC Factor
In addition to other safety violations, dem staffers also crossed into Mexico without consulting the State Department. And according to Jim Jordan, You can bet your bottom dollar if there’s drama at detention centers, AOC is involved.
Jordan also claimed that Democratic staff took “direction from liberal special interests” before last week’s tours, citing a meeting with representatives of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal organization currently suing the Trump administration over detention facilities at the border. Jordan claimed the SPLC gave directions to Democratic staff about what to look for and ask about during their tours, as well as suggested questions for staff to pose to detainees and DHS officials during their visit.
“One aspect missing from your staff travel to date has been any interest in the well-being of, or resources provided to, the brave men and women who serve to secure our border,” Jordan added. “Several Border Patrol agents told us the nasty rhetoric from Democrats in Congress—one Member of this committee even likened them to Nazis—hurts morale and makes some agents reluctant to tell people what they do for a living.”
The member Jordan was referring to was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has referred to border facilities as “concentration camps on the Southern Border.”
AOC’s behavior is really no surprise.
First, she faked a photo op. After tweeters busted her, AOC doubled down on her lies. Then, last week, the Washington Examiner noted Ocasio-Cortez was “screaming” at agents and behaving in a “threatening” manner.
Afterwards, AOC tweeted: “They confiscated my phone, and they were all armed. I’m 5’4”. They’re just upset I exposed their inhumane behavior.”
But it turns out, she was just retaliating because she learned of the secret Facebook group where Border Patrol agents made fun of her. I’m guessing she doesn’t know the entire internet makes fun of her. Still, AOC made her dramatic cries.
“They’re threatening violence on members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “How do you think they’re treating caged children+families?”
All this drama is beyond ridiculous. If Democrats can’t tell the truth and behave like grownups, they absolutely should be barred from interfering in the real work our detention centers perform. No more nonsense.
Who wants to bet what Pelosi’s next move will be?