New 'Privacy Rights' for Immigrant Children
Senator John McCain is livid over being told that he cannot visit border facilities housing illegal immigrants, including immigrant minors. Displaying passion and anger that would have been useful in the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator McCain ripped into the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a recent Senate hearing. McCain was critical of rules restricting lawmakers from using their cell phones, taking photos, or having contact with children and staff of the facilities.
The commissioner cited “privacy rules” as the reason for the severe restrictions. The children “have a right to privacy,” said commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. Since when?
Even Nancy Pelosi, during an upcoming border visit, will be denied actually meeting the immigrant children.
Customs and Border Protection fall under the oversight of Congress. Not allowing members of Congress to see firsthand what is happening in these immigrant camps is most unusual. Unless the administration has something to hide.
Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS, a Denver based physician, is an advocate of smaller, more efficient government. Twitter @retinaldoctor.