President Joe Biden seems determined to deny that there is a crisis along the southern U.S. border, but he does not appear to be in a hurry to let Americans make up their own minds.
Critics say the White House is hiding something by effectively issuing a “gag order” on the situation — and pressure is building for the Biden administration to come clean.
“Could go as high as President Biden”
A Trump-era media handler for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has joined the former president in calling for Congress to immediately investigate an apparent “coverup” of the crisis.
Alexei Woltornist accused Biden of engaging in cagy behavior because the situation on the border is “much worse” than his administration has admitted.
The former DHS assistant secretary for public affairs speculated that a “gag order” has been implemented by current DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but suggested that the president might be directing it.
“I think this is a matter that Congress should investigate and find out what information he has that he’s not sharing and also explain why he’s making this decision,” Woltornist said of Mayorkas. “And it could even go as high as President Biden himself.”
He echoed remarks from former President Donald Trump, who ripped Mayorkas as “pathetic” and “clueless” for reversing existing border policies.
“Engaged in a huge cover-up”
In a statement on Sunday, Trump said: “The Mayorkas Gag Order on our Nation’s heroic border agents and ICE officers should be the subject of an immediate congressional investigation. But it’s clear they are engaged in a huge cover-up to hide just how bad things truly are.”
Not only is the current administration’s policy being blamed for exacerbating the border crisis, but it is also among the most drastic examples of Biden breaking his promises of “transparency” with the media.
As Mayorkas and others in the administration attempt to deflect blame, they are issuing statements claiming that the border is “closed” while seeking to blame Trump for the ongoing situation.
Meanwhile, undocumented migrants appear to be responding to Biden’s vow to adopt a more “humane” immigration approach than Trump.
Despite the devolving situation, Biden is digging into his strategy, declaring on Wednesday that the “new surge we are dealing with now started with the last administration” and it is his administration’s “responsibility to deal with it humanely.”