Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Proposed Media Showcase "Tour" of UAC Facility
Washington, DC, July 7, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Certain members of the media received this morning an invitation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to a showcase "tour" of the HHS facility housing Unaccompanied Alien Children at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine is encouraging members of the media to reject the limitations proposed by HHS. "The idea of no recording devices, no questions, and no interactions is not acceptable. This violates the 1st Amendment. This is not transparent. HHS is trying to muzzle the media and hide the human tragedy that has resulted directly from the AdministrationÍs failure to enforce the law."
Interestingly, the invitation to the media is for July 10, a date when the House of Representatives is in session thus precluding participation by Members of Congress. The Congressman has not yet received a response from HHS regarding his letter responding to their inquiry of interest in a visit on July 12.