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NEW YORK — The Biden Administration has made a mockery of the Washington Post’s ominous slogan, which it launched at the start of the Trump Era: “Democracy dies in darkness.”

Say what you will about President Donald J. Trump. He may have been the most transparent U.S. chief executive in history, to a fault. What was on the president’s mind? His Twitter feed told all. There were his deepest thoughts, blasted out as the whole world was watching, anywhere from High Noon to 4:00 a.m.

Trump gave press conferences, formal and informal, sometimes several times a day. He nearly always took multiple questions from journalists as he boarded or descended from Marine One or Air Force One. He made statements in the White House Press Gallery and on visits to venues across America and around the world. His near-daily press conferences during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis featured his comments, those of his medical and science advisors, and others who responded to the outbreak of the China virus. Trump usually took questions from hostile, often discourteous, and sometimes downright rude journalists.

While some complained that the president’s comments were not always scientifically sound (e.g. wondering aloud if injecting bleach might kill Xi Jinping’s exported germs), Trump’s views were out there, for everyone to cheer, boo, embrace, or resist. Love Trump or hate him, everyone knew what he had to say.

Journalists were free to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and even tour federal detention centers where Trump supposedly held “kid in cages.” Of course, those cages were built by Obama-Biden, and many of these kids were unaccompanied minors who had to be held somewhere, while their fates were sorted out. Many had nowhere else to go.

Funny, few if any who railed against Trump’s “child abuse” stepped up to adopt any of these unattached minors.

Now, under Biden, transparency dies in broad daylight.

These same federal facilities now are largely off-limits to journalists.

Visiting U.S. senators have taken pictures and videos. Biden Administration officials instructed some, including Senator John Barrasso (R – Wyoming), to erase cell-phone photos of young illegal aliens packed into frightfully tight spaces, such as those that have swelled to 1,596 percent of capacity (e.g. 527 minors jammed into an area designated to hold just 33).

“We were told to delete the pictures,” Barrasso told Fox News Channel. “No one did. You’ve seen the video coming out of all of these kids crammed together under the foil blankets, huddling together.”

One of Joe Biden’s political-control commissars blocks Senator Ted Cruz’s camera as he records the administration’s child abuse at a federal detention facility in Donna, Texas. (Source: Senator Cruz’s video.)

When Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recorded these inhumane conditions on March 28 at a federal detention center in Donna, Texas, an officious, obnoxious, neo-totalitarian Biden henchwoman repeatedly jumped in front of his cell phone camera, “Give them dignity and respect,” she barked. Her relentless, repugnant efforts to interfere with Cruz’s recording these scenes on video looked like something in Red China. The only thing missing was a gnarled hand shoved in front of Cruz’s curious lens. This hideous woman’s face ran a too-close second to that fearsome image.

“How far is Joe Biden going to stop the American people from seeing inside the Donna CBP facility?” Cruz asked via Twitter. “Biden sent a political operative from DC to block our cameras and even threatened another senator to obstruct legitimate congressional oversight.”

Thankfully, these GOP lawmakers (and a few Democrats, such as Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas) ignored the grossly inappropriate demands of Biden’s on-site censors. These legislators’ dedication to congressional oversight and commitment to public disclosure are the only reasons that U.S. citizens know how badly Biden is abusing his Future Democrats of America.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has visited the border on two or three recent occasions.

Journalists need not apply. His border visits were closed to the press, at a time when this was arguably the No. 1 issue in the national news.

At least Mayorkas saw the border. Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has done so, even though Biden supposedly tapped her as his border czarina on March 24. She allegedly is spearheading the administration’s response to this crisis. And yet Harris has not conducted a press conference on this topic, nor held any border-related public events on this vital matter, in the 31 days since Biden put all of this on her plate. Instead, she has visited a Chicago bakery, a Virginia crochet store, and now is jetting off to New Hampshire, perhaps to keep open her post-Biden options.

Also, Customs and Border Protection issued and then stashed an April 5 press release about two Yemeni men who were caught at the border. They happen to be on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No Fly List. This news release ham-handedly vanished after it was posted. Thankfully, the highly transparent people at the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine snapped a copy of this communique before it disappeared completely.

Here it is, via link and a PDF facsimile below.

All of this is truly disturbing.

Joe Biden promised a “return to normal” after the endless excitement of the Trump years and a transparent approach to government. Instead, Americans have seen questions submitted in advance of White House press briefings, one press conference by Biden — on Day 65 of his presidency, the latest of any new commander-in-chief since before Herbert Hoover — and active measures to conceal the chaos that Biden unleashed on the southern frontier.

So it goes as transparency dies in broad daylight.

Border - Press release on Yemeni terrorists at US-Mexico border - deleted by CBP - April 5 2021

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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Doris Lauter
2 years ago

Biden opens the border with no plan at all . He doesn’t kn w what to do with all the people, and they keep coming. What a loser. SHUT THE DANG BORDER! ! We don’t want all these illiterate peopole with a 7th grade education and no job, depenlding on welfare. They will sooon outnumber us, so then what?

2 years ago
Reply to  Doris Lauter

Every nation under the SUN has borders for only those who have VISAS are allowed to enter! So must our USA! If Biden wants them, he may takes them all home to live with his family and, caring for them as he wishes! We, the TAXPAYERS, we do not wish to continue feeding PARASITES! LOOK AT OUR BORDERS! Do we see that in any other country’s Border, including Mexico? NO! WHY NOT? BECAUSE, every coountry knws that they must take care f of. their vey own, waists nothing for those who are not thiers’! One’s very own must comes FIRST! Let us caring for our WOUNDED MILITARY PEOPLE and thier families first and formost! Keep our Border gates closed

Dave Mohr
2 years ago
Reply to  Doris Lauter

So then what? They all vote Democrat, that’s what! That was the idea from the beginning.

2 years ago

My understanding is that the reason Mayorkas didn’t even de-plane when he got to the border. THAT is the reason he didn’t allow the press. The whole thing is KABUKI theatre and we are nothing but pawns. I suggest that everyone read their Bibles and search for the end times, because we are in them, NOW. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories and I don’t believe in coincidences, either. The Bible is the only key to what is taking place in the world today. The news, like Fox and Newsmax only have a piece of the puzzle. That is why you are all so frustrated. The answers are in the word of God. The truth is there, if anyone is willing to look into it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dawn

That’s right go hide behind you bible, don’t get off you ass, in between reading your big book then you can turn on you TV set and watch some silly quiz show or maybe go dancing with the perverts, heaven forbid that you really do something.

Denise Blanchard
2 years ago

I’ve been very scared of our current situation in the country. I’ve started calling the Democratic party the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CHINA as they seem to be using similar to tactics think about it squelching speech, controlling news media through propaganda, unfairly punishment for those who don’t share same veiws

2 years ago

Anyone who is without a LEGIAL VISA from the USA, must not allowed to enter the USA PORT OF ENTORY! If Biden wants them, he may take them all home and caring for them as he would have the TAX Payers do! We, the TAX Payers, we do not want them! We rather take care of our WOUNDED MILITARY PEOPLE, THEIR FAMILIES… Our elderly and sick tax payers, who worked all of thier lives for the Good of our beloved NATION! NO MORE PARASITES are allowed to enter our GATES! Outr GENEROSITIES were ABYUSED, unappreciated, taking for GRANTED for too long! ! NOW, IT ENDS! We must take care of our very OWN, with the BEST of our abilities!

2 years ago

Just to get it correct, Trump did not suggest that anyone inject themselves with or otherwise consume bleach. He ASKED if there was something, LIKE bleach, that could be injected to kill the virus.

2 years ago

It is apparently what 80 million people wanted so let them eat cake.

2 years ago
Reply to  tinker68


2 years ago

This is how the left uses poor people of color, as political tools. When they have accomplished their purposes they dispose of them like living waste.
The left only loves illegal immigrants because they provide a cheap and disposable workforce consisting mostly of people of color. It’s an endless and expendable slave class. Who benefits? The very rich. Cheap labor is a huge money maker.
Politically, illegal voters continue to vote for Democrats because they will provide benefits like free healthcare, food stamps and the like. These benefits are paid for by American workers, resulting in yet another subsidy for the rich. This is an endless loop; do you see how it works?

2 years ago

The border would be a good place for target practice! Piles of dead bodies sends a strong message.

Chris K
2 years ago

Joe Biden is a total IDIOT who continues to prove that every day! I will not watch that stupid jerk destroy America with his do it my way/what I say or suffer the consequences attitude! He and his entire administration are total fools who blame everyone else and have no plans or experience on how to fix any of the disastrous crises that they have created particularly at the border! Whenever any of those jerks come on TV the channel is immediately changed so I don’t have to listen to their incoherent BS!!!!

Steve Sylvia
2 years ago

The border issue was highlighted by Dems to make Trump appear villainous and inhumane. Neither Biden nor Harris and the rest of that gang care about immigrants, the wall, or suffering kids. They have to appear to be doing a better, more humanitarian job than Trump. Reality plays no role. So they cannot allow publicity to contradict their narrative. Biden will likely pay off Mexico or the cartels to keep the caravans from crossing Mexico. Meanwhile, the situation at the border cannot be called a “crises,” conditions cannot be exposed as worse than they were under Trump, and Trump must continue to be demonized. Remember, Dems are the “good’ guys. Repubs are the “bad” guys. This is the basis of their fake narrative and characterizes every aspect of their agenda.

Last edited 2 years ago by Steve Sylvia