Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Representing the 1st District of Oklahoma
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Congressman Jim Bridenstine to Visit UAC Housing at Ft. Sill

Jul 7, 2014
Press Release
Washington, DC, July 7, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was denied access to the facility housing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) at Ft. Sill Oklahoma on July 1.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) manager of the facility told him the next opportunity to visit would be July 21.

HHS headquarters staff has indicated they now want to discuss a July 12 tour.  The Congressman’s letter responding to HHS is attached.

Congressman Bridenstine advised HHS that he will not only make the showcase visit on July 12, but he will also make unannounced visits.  “Ordinary Americans have a right to know what is happening in these facilities, how the children are being treated, and what is being done to stop this human tragedy. 

“The President has created this tragedy by failing to enforce border security.  He is going to ask Congress for $2 billion tax payer dollars, not for border security but rather to expedite the process of illegal immigration.  

“Human suffering is escalating because of the failure to enforce the law.  The solution is to enforce the laws and stop illegal immigration.”

In his letter to HHS, the Congressman requires transparency and access for himself as well as other Members of Congress, appropriate staff and media. He also requests a written response to the concerns expressed.

Please see the Congressman’s letter to HHS.  The public has a right to know how HHS is responding to their elected representatives.

 

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UAC Letter 7-5-14 Addressed to Sonja Nesbitt.pdf