Biden Administration Pressed to Grant Media Access to Border Facilities

Several lawmakers are asking the Biden administration to allow reporters into housing facilities for unaccompanied migrant children who sought asylum at the US-Mexico border.

In an interview with CBS News' Face The Nation, Republican Senator Rob Portman said:

"This should be transparent. It's amazing to me how little my constituents know about what's going on down along the border. It is a situation spiraling out of control."

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy told NPR that opening up access to media coverage is "something that we should all press the administration to do better on."

The Biden administration has cited concerns about privacy and COVID-19 as reasons for not letting reporters into facilities.

Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Mark Weber says the department is housing about 10,500 unaccompanied children in emergency housing facilities.

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