J. D. Heyes
In an outrageous display of arrogance, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, the same agency that so botched the rollout of the still-dysfunctional Healthcare.gov website, says it will allow elected members of Congress to tour a California facility housing some of the thousands of illegal alien children who have been pouring across the U.S. border in recent weeks, but only under certain conditions.
One of the rules is: you can’t take any pictures.
According to The Daily Caller, the temporary shelter in which HHS is offering to provide what can only be called a “sanitized” tour is located at the Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Calif. Lawmakers and their senior staff are invited; the tour was scheduled to take place June 13.
But the invite comes with a ton of rules, including a “suggestion” that members leave their cell phones in their vehicles. As reported by The DC:
The tours are meant to give members and staffers an inside look at how temporary facilities are being used to house illegal immigrant children who came to the U.S. without their parents. The minors, who hail mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are being called “Unaccompanied Children,” or UACs.
Burgeoning humanitarian disaster
The invitation was sent to members of Congress and staff by Rose Hacking, of the office of the assistant secretary of legislation at HHS. It came with this list of commands:
–No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in our vehicle)
–No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed later
–No interacting with staff and children at the shelter
–We will provide photos of the facility after the tour
During the commencement of the tour, “the tour guide will detail what goes on from room to room and the services youth are provided on a daily basis,” according to the email invitation.
The DC said that one congressional staffer invited to the tour has labeled it “a dog and pony show.”
And it is, at a minimum. Earlier, smuggled photos have shown kids stuffed into overcrowded facilities (See them here). Already there are reports of spreading sickness at some facilities, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
“Don’t talk to anyone, don’t record anything you might happen to see, but come visit us and we’ll give you a sanitized story with only the photos and accounts we want you to have,” said the anonymous congressional staffer, who requested anonymity.
“This isn’t some totalitarian closed society trying this tactic, this is our own government. They clearly wouldn’t be offering up this kind of dog and pony show if they weren’t hiding a very ugly truth somewhere.”