Hiding border troubles from news cameras only makes the spotlight brighter

But as a longtime critic of former President Donald Trump’s “kids in cages,” I’m disappointed, to say the least, that Team Biden turned so quickly, boldly and audaciously to playing the autocrat’s card of denying media access to the bad news building on the border.

Sure, the administration did let a pool reporter and camera into a neat and orderly facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, a day before Biden held his first formal solo news conference. Unlike way-overcrowded facilities elsewhere along the border, this one housed 766 boys aged 13 to 17 years old and, according to news reports, had never reached its capacity of 952.

But, citing concerns over privacy and the pandemic, the administration continued to block access to the larger horror show along the border, facilities that unlike the one in Carrizo have surpassed their capacities.