John McCain, Jeff Flake Demand Media Be Allowed in Nogales Facility for Migrant Children

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Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection let the media inside its processing center in Nogales, where unaccompanied minors are being processed.

Photos inside the facility had leaked, and employees have reportedly been banned from carrying electronic devices.

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The facilities have not been prepared for the massive number of children being transported there, and the photos pretty much reflect just that.

But McCain and Flake, in a public letter to the CBP commissioner, say media outlets have been banned from entering, to see what's really going on in these facilities:
Dear Commissioner Kerlikowske,

We are concerned by reports that media organizations have been denied access to the Nogales Processing Center to observe and document the conditions in these facilities for the large number of unaccompanied children being held there. In the face of this humanitarian crisis, barring the news media from gathering information that is certainly in the public's interest undermines principles fundamental to transparency and democracy. We understand the need to ensure the privacy and safety of those individuals at this facility, but feel certain a compromise that safeguards these interests can be reached. Therefore, we urge you to immediately reverse the CBP's policy prohibiting media access.

Sincerely,

John McCain
Jeff Flake
Their demand comes on the heels of several immigrant-rights groups alleging that children held in these facilities have been subject to various abuses, which one American Civil Liberties Union lawyer summed up as "horrific."

Representatives for these groups said yesterday that such abuses aren't new, but are coming to the forefront with the sudden surge of children showing up without parents to the nation's southern border. These particular cases all took place within the last year.

Many of the cases are described individually in the complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint summarizes:
Over 80 percent of these children reported inadequate food and water by CBP officials. Approximately half of the children described the denial of medical care. More than half reported experiencing some form of verbal abuse, while approximately one in four reported physical abuse ranging from sexual assault to punching, kicking, and use of stress positions as punishment. One in three reported CBP officials confiscated and did not return money and/or belongings, and approximately 15 percent reported being forcibly separated from family members. Approximately 70 percent of these children were detained by CBP beyond the 72-hour statutory limit.
Between these allegations, plus questions over whether these facilities provide humane living conditions, a media blackout shouldn't be the answer.

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Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

The most transparent administration in history. What a laugh.

murrvii
murrvii

This is McCain and Flake reaching out to the Latino community. They still want th all deported, but they want the publicity that they reached out before they shove them all over the border.

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

The correct term is ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN, not migrant children. They are not being allowed in because they are trying to hide something.  Terminix should be allowed in too.

John Briar Allen
John Briar Allen

And Phillip Robertson, I totally agree, but ask yourself WHY this is news NOW.

John Briar Allen
John Briar Allen

This is starting to seem like a party-lateral cooperation. The deep conservatives threw their balls around to keep cameras and reporters from first-party access to the story to quit bleeding in the form of embarrassment. But it seems like players on both sides of the aisle are working to make sure this story stays in the news, leading me to believe they're both motivated to see some meaningful reform in immigration.

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

Marco = genius. /sarcasm Besides the short bus distraction this is a real problem. The political rhetoric has made people think if they send their kids here we are just gonna wave the wand. The wand isn't that powerful when the economy behind it sucks. This isn't even an Obama thing (and I hate him as much as Bush). This is a real human issue that we are gonna have to solve quickly and stop the political bickering. Some say kids are a godsend. Maybe these ones will ignite some intelligent thought.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

fuck them kids, they need to let a firing squad in there and send a message once and for all. the US bombs kids all day long, full metal jackets are a lot cheaper than drone missiles.

Tracy Knight-Shaw
Tracy Knight-Shaw

The media? Riiiiight just what these kids need is to be the center of THAT circus....

Phillip Robertson
Phillip Robertson

Ummm. Political asylum cases in the southwest have always been handled and vetted in Arizona; this is business as usual.

azwi
azwi

They don't McCain and his boy just shut up?

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

While they are at it, why don't those two support the bill to allow college students to refinance at lower student loan rates?



MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

How interesting that McCain and Flake are calling for BP to allow media in this processing center.

Where were these two when inmates were/are dying at the hands of Joe Arpaio and his stormtroopers?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

If a politician is demanding media attention on one issue...........they are trying to deflect you from another issue.

Suggestion........ask them about the VA or the CPS cases (or a myriad of other issues)

Give it time grasshopper........you will see through the chaff and then all will be clear to you

shadeaux
shadeaux

@danzigsdaddy 

I didn't know there was a layer of chaff around bullshit. Must not digest in the bull's stomach. ;-)

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