Biden admin is clear about wanting to build a fair, safe and orderly immigration system. But keeping reporters out of facilities currently overcrowded with children — preventing people from seeing what it is they want to change — doesn’t help their case.
I should also add, lawyers have not been able to gain access to the Donna facility -- only to interview minors detained there in a designated area.
To be clear: I'm not advocating for allowing outside observers to take and share photos or images that violate the privacy of minors. Simply for allowing outside observers to see the conditions the DHS Secretary says himself no child should be kept in.
We reported on this situation yesterday. It is leading to leaks from operators whose views are not aligned with the administration. With @JuliaEAinsley and @GeoffRBennett.…

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15 Mar
Early this morning I arrived here at NASA’s Ames Research Center, one of the facilities the Biden administration is considering sheltering unaccompanied migrant children at to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of overcrowding in Border Patrol facilities.
Here’s what @RepRoKhanna has to say about the possibility of the NASA location being stood up in his district, and the crisis in Border Patrol facilities.
There’s a protest scheduled for here later today. But not all advocates are opposed to this facility and the need for more HHS capacity, given ORR influx shelters get kids out of Border Patrol custody.…
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10 Mar
NEW: Claiming the Biden admin is adopting an "open borders" immigration policy is ridiculous. I went to Mexico last week with @L_Toczylowski and @GuerlineMJozef, where we met @eeerox and saw a growing number of refugees and asylum seekers unable to enter the United States.
On the ground in Tijuana, we met many Haitians who have been waiting years to enter the United States. As @Haleaziz reports, many of those who *have* crossed out of desperation face deportation back to a country where they "may face harm."…
I asked @SecMayorkas about the deportation of Haitians attempting to seek asylum last week. Here's what he told me.
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6 Mar
Here’s my unedited 20 min @SecMayorkas interview. We cover:

- Domestic terrorism
- Migration increase and tent facilities
- Title 42 expulsions
- Deportation of Haitians
- Family separations
- Ending family and private ICE detention
- Replacing USBP chief…
Here’s where you can watch the full interview on YouTube.
A day after Secretary Mayorkas told me in our interview that ICE detention is “not where a family belongs,” in court filing, ICE said it is effectively ending use of family detention. Read more, from @JuliaEAinsley.…
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4 Mar
Back at the border. Just wrapped a wide-ranging exclusive @NBCNews interview with @SecMayorkas about domestic terror, family separations, tent facilities, family detention, deportations, Title 42 and more. Will have the first clip on @MSNBC at 11AM ET. Hope you’ll tune in.
Yes, I cut my chin shaving.
On a potential criminal investigation of Trump officials as part of the Biden administration’s family separation reunification task force, @SecMayorkas: “Well, I-- I haven't excluded anything but what I'm focused on right now is reuniting the families.”
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3 Mar
Sessions saying reuniting families “turned out to be more of a problem than I think any of us imagined it would be” is preposterous given all the evidence showing senior officials across DOJ, DHS and HHS were warned about *exactly* what ended up…
It’s incredible Sessions continues to try to hide from evidence of the deliberate cruelty of family separations. Here’s a conversation I had in October with @NicolleDWallace about the mountain of evidence showing they all knew what separations would do.
President Biden called family separations "criminal" at the debate with @kwelkernbc. He told @GeoffRBennett there would be a "thorough, thorough investigation" of the policy by his DOJ. So far, no official investigation has been announced.
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28 Feb
15K. ✅ Image
It was a bicoastal 15K. My college roommate Barnett ran it too, on the opposite coast. A little warmer here in L.A. Image
Yea that’s a tank top and a fannypack and backpack full of water so what?
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