Fox News anchor Chris Wallace — who is typically sympathetic to the Biden administration — shocked many by criticising White House press secretary Jen Psaki regarding the lack of media access at border facilities during Fox News Sunday.
“So why not allow reporters and camera crews in if on a pool basis safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those border patrol facilities right now?” Wallace asked.
Psaki answered the administration is “working to get that done as soon as we can.”
Wallace then noted, “But just to clarify, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities, but what we’re talking about here are the border patrol facilities, the detention cells.
“At this point, in terms of allowing access to border patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump Administration.”
Psaki responded with criticism of the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump. She repeated the often-used phrase “turning kids away at the border.”
Wallace accurately depicted the immigration situation, leaving Psaki little room to escape criticism. The press secretary can only share what she is given from the Biden administration, leaving no clear answer to the current immigration situation.
Leaked media from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other sources over the past week have led to the need for a new response from the Biden administration. The White House website now offers its own access to images and video for reporters.
Regardless of media access, the immigration crisis deserves attention–and a response. Both Democrats and Republicans have a clear duty to intervene to stop ongoing problems along the nation’s southern border.