The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has banned Democrat House Oversight Committee staffers from Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities, claiming destructive verbiage and behavior as the reason. Citing previous visits where Democrat personnel were “disruptive” and rude,” Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christine Ciccone said that “Committee staff repeatedly stated that they do not intend to abide by DHS guidelines.”
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) planned to send his staff to view ICE and CBP centers, but after last week’s irritations and the fact that the young staffers refused to follow the procedures if they were allowed to go this week they were not permitted. Some of the infractions include “interference” with law enforcement operations, such as a refusal to leave the site after the scheduled time frame, skipping some of the tours, and being “rude” to officers.
In an email to Fox News, a senior DHS official said:
“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. DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week.”
Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter to Cummings explaining some of the actions that resulted in barring staff from returning to the facilities. He said some of the Democratic team crossed into Mexico “without consultation from the Department of State,” missing scheduled tours. Ignoring agreements made beforehand, staff members took excessive photographs, he said, adding that only a limited amount of time was to be spent with detainees and that this rule was ignored as well. Because some of the visitors refused to leave at the scheduled times, the tours ran over and other inspections had to be canceled.
The Democratic staff, however, disagreed with Jordan’s assessment, claiming it was full of inaccuracies. The ranking member said:
“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. Unfortunately, at your [Cummings’] 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.’”
Jordan also referred to the Democratic delegation of congress members who visited and caused a ruckus, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ claim that women were drinking water out of toilets and calling the detention centers “concentration camps.” AOC was also accused of shouting at and disrespecting officers. Jordan continued:
“One aspect missing from your staff travel to date has been any interest in the well-being of, or resources provided to, the brave men and women who serve to secure our border. Several Border Patrol agents told us the nasty rhetoric from Democrats in Congress – one Member of this committee even likened them to Nazis – hurts morale and makes some agents reluctant to tell people what they do for a living.”
Mark Morgan, a US border patrol chief during Barack Obama’s administration, said our elected leaders are responsible for fueling attacks against ICE and border facilities. He referenced the terrorist attack in July, during which Willem Van Spronsen was shot and killed at an ICE facility in Tacoma, WA. He carried flares and a rifle and tried to blow up a propane tank to burn down the site. “The rhetoric that’s out there from our own elected leaders – they’re attacking the men and women of ICE, they’re attacking the men and women of CBP,” Morgan said during an interview on Fox News. “It’s unjust, it’s unfair, it’s misinformed, and outright sometimes, they’re just lying to the American people and it’s undoubtedly fueling this.”
“In the concentration camps, the Nazis were killing people. Customs and Border Protection are saving lives,” Morgan added.
How much influence do the liberals have on the population? Last month, the American flag was taken down and replaced with Mexico’s flag at an ICE facility in Aurora, CO. Border patrol agents and law enforcement are harassed daily. Illegal immigrants are trying to sue the government. Meanwhile, hordes of migrants are rushing our borders, demanding entrance into our country.
Like a petulant child, the left makes its demands and then refuses to follow the rules. It is a shame when elected officials and appointed staff members must be barred from a federal facility because of their own erratic, disruptive behavior and refusal to obey the rules.