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A lawmaker was denied entry to a Federal immigration facility in Oklahoma where more than 1,000 illegal immigrant children are being housed. Doctors and nurses working in Texas were threatened with arrest if they talk about possible public health threats related to the immigration crisis. Now, many Americans are beginning to wonder what the Federal government is trying to hide.
Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) attempted to visit the immigration detention center at Fort Sill in his home State Tuesday only to be given the runaround by Department of Health and Human Services officials. Fort Sill is one of three facilities in the U.S. currently housing the unaccompanied alien children.
“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Bridenstine said in a statement about the incident. “Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks.”
According to the lawmaker, an HHS official in charge of the facility informed him that if he wanted to visit the facility he’d have to make an appointment for July 21.
“After my visit today with the base commander, I approached the barracks where the children are housed,” Bridenstine said. “A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view. Every gate is chained closed.
“I approached a security guard and asked to speak with the manager of the facility. The guard called his supervisor who said no visitors were allowed. I asked if they were aware that I am a Member of Congress. Eventually the manager came out and said that I would have to go through HHS legislative affairs…”
The HHS officials directed Bridenstine to get in touch with Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs Ken Wolfe, who the lawmaker was told would only communicate with him via email.
“What are they trying to hide? Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking,” the lawmaker said. “I would like to know to whom these children are being released.”
Meanwhile, Fox reported Wednesday that doctors and nurses working with the illegal immigrant children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, were threatened with arrest if they discussed with the public or media the contagious diseases risks the children pose to American citizens.
The threats were likely made in an effort to conceal a massive public health disaster flowing across the United States’ southern border.
Fox’s Todd Starnes reported:
[A former worker at the Texas facility] said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.
“It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”
A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.
“We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness — all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”
Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.
“When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant — ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”
The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic — but everything was kept “hush-hush.”
“You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”
Last week, Border Patrol officials announced that at least two illegal alien children with known cases of Swine Flu had been apprehended.
Via Texas-based Action 4 News:
Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council #3307 Chris Cabrera confirmed the cases late Saturday morning.
Cabera told Action 4 News that one case was confirmed at the Brownsville Border Patrol Station and another at the Fort Brown Border Patrol station, also located in Brownsville.
Cabera said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities.
He added that an estimated 120 people are being isolated at the two stations because they were exposed to the juveniles.
As the Federal government continues with a policy of providing immigrant “detainees” vouchers for travel into the Nation’s interior with instructions to appear before an immigration judge at a later date, the health crisis likely won’t remain relegated to areas close to the border.