DHS Bars Dems From Visiting Border Facilities After Staffers Were ‘Rude’ to Officers, Engaged in ‘Disruptive’ Behavior
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The Department of Homeland Security barred Democrat staffers from entering the Customs and Border Protection facilities at the US-Mexico border after Dem staffers were rude and disruptive and refused to follow instructions.
Dem staffers from the House Oversight Committee visited the border facilities last week and for “oversight inspections” and were so unruly that they were barred from coming back this week, Fox News has learned.
One of the staffers refused to leave the facility after the hour-long tour and others were rude to officers.
Fox News reported:
But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to 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.”
“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.”
Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Jim Jordan (R-OH) also wrote a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings and said that Dem staffers walked into Mexico “without consultation from the Department of State.” Jim Jordan also said that the staffers were “rude” and “dismissive” of law enforcement officials.
“DHS asked the Committee to abide by the instructions of DHS personnel on the ground and to respect the significant operational interests of the border facilities visited,” Jordan wrote. “Unfortunately, at your apparent direction, Democrats refused to listen to law-enforcement instructions and made demands at the facilities ‘against the express written notice DHS had provided earlier.’”
Of course the Democrats are whining after being barred from the border facilities and claimed that the CBP doesn’t want the Dem staffers to learn the truth about the conditions from the detainees.