MILLINOCKET, Maine, July 6, 2014 – On June 20, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe were able, by invitation, to tour the illegal alien holding facilities at Ft. Sill. They had been invited to do so by the department of Health and Human Services.
Since early June, about 600 children between the ages of 12 and 17, had been brought to Ft. Sill by bus ostensibly to connect them with family members here in the US.
Gov. Fallin and Sen. Inhofe walked through a recently erected 8-foot high security fence, complete with privacy barriers, which surrounds the holding facility. Inside they found comfortable beds, food service for up to 1200 people and fully supplied health clinics.
The Governor later reported that she felt the children were being well cared for and they appeared to be healthy and in good spirits.
Fast forward to July 3rd: Now there are over 1100 children housed at the facility. Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine made a stop by Ft. Sill to see the facility for himself. He was blocked at the gate and informed that he could not view the interior of the facility until Health and Human Services had scheduled a visit for him.
He was offered the date of July 21, two weeks hence.
On the same day that Rep. Bridenstine was denied access, Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee said, “I took lollipops along with my colleagues into the detention center where children were. I wasn’t armed. I wasn’t fearful for my life. This is not a national security crisis this is a humanitarian crisis.”
If you have questions about all of this, you are not alone; here are some we’d like answers to:
- On a military base that already has restricted access, why would you provide security and privacy barriers around a facility inside the base?
- Why is it that one member of Congress, in the state he represents, must schedule access to a government facility, while another can apparently at any time walk in to hand out candy?
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Maybe that was Rep. Bridenstine’s mistake; he should have brought a big bag of lollipops.
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