TheBlaze’s Sara Carter explains how she was ‘denied’ access to the border by DHS

Because of the 24/7 nature of the news cycle, stories rarely stay on the front page for very long. The immigration crisis is a perfect example. As the media’s attention has turned to the escalating violence in the Middle East and the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, coverage of the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border daily has largely fallen by the wayside.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to TheBlaze’s senior Washington correspondent Sara Carter who just wrapped up a trip to Willacy County in Texas where she spoke with local law enforcement, Border Patrol agents, and others about the current conditions at the border.

Carter explained she was initially scheduled to go the border last week as part of a trip with the Department of Homeland Security. After being personally invited by someone from the public information office at DHS, Carter was abruptly uninvited. She explained how the situation unfolded:

“[T]wo weeks ago, I get a call from DHS – from one of the public information officers saying, ‘Hey, Sara, would you still like to go on a ride along with us along the border? We spent a little bit of a week over there last month when the crisis was really escalating.’ And I said, ‘Absolutely. Let us know what we need do.’

They go, ‘Well, you're more than invited. You can do pretty much whatever you want. Do you want to go on ATVs? Do you want do go on horseback? Do you want to come out with us on boats?’ I said, ‘Whatever you guys you're willing to provide, we're willing to do. And I'd like to do all of it, but I got to get approval.’ And they said, ‘Great, no problem.’

We got approval. We're getting ready to go. They pushed me to this week. And then on Sunday, when I couldn't reach anybody in Washington, D.C., I get a really short email saying, ‘Hey, Sara, guess what? You've been denied. No longer are we going to give you a ride along. Not going to take you anywhere. And you need to call Washington, D.C. and find out who up there denied you because we can't tell you anything.’

What? You can't imagine how many phone calls I made. I said, ‘This is my job, guys.’ [So] I never found out why, but I made so many phone calls and I raised such a stink about this because this is a denial of our rights. First of all, you invited us. We didn't push this on you. And second of all, I have every right to be out there to see what's going on in our border and report this to our readers and to our listeners.

I really held them to the gun on this one. And I said, ‘I'm going to publish a story that is going to reflect what you have done to me and to my company and to the people who are expecting to receive the information so that they can make decisions.’ And guess what: They immediately approved my request. It was that quick. Nobody would ever tell me who denied me. Nobody would ever tell me why they were going to deny me, and that was it.”

Carter was told she would be able to visit one of the holding facilities as part of her tour with DHS. While it is well documented that cameras have not been allowed into any of these areas, she hoped to be able to write a story about the conditions. At the last minute, that access was denied.

“Nobody is being allowed with a camera. Let me make it clear that DHS said that, on this trip, we were going to be granted access to this facility. And then they denied me access,” she said. “I have a friend who works for another news agency… and they were told… ‘Hey, you can come in too.’ And when they got there, they said, ‘Yeah, keep the camera outside. You can't talk to anyone. You can't question any of the children. And you can't talk to any of our border patrol agents.’”

As Carter explained, the lack of access is “just incredible” because journalists “have every right to question.” All was not lost, however, because she was able to interview s number of people crossing the Rio Grande River.

“We were able to intercept a family – a group of seven – when we were out on the border, before Border Patrol arrived. I mean this family was coming across the Rio Grande… We were able to get a lot of great stories,” Carter explained. “And when border patrol got there, the border patrol agent was so nervous. He said, ‘Management just called me and told me to tell you to stop talking to them. You can't talk to the illegal immigrants.’”

It should be noted Carter was on private property when this request came in, and she refused to follow orders. While she “[doesn’t] blame the border patrol agent,” the incident shines a light on the lack of transparency.

Ultimately, the conditions at these border town continue to be nothing short of dire, and Carter will share what she saw in an upcoming series of articles for TheBlaze.com.

“You have this entire area, which [is] almost like a prison in the United States: Families living in shacks, illegal immigrants working in U.S. owned factories, living like prisoners, and drug cartel members controlling these people and using them,” Carter said. “And everyone knows it, and no one does anything. These children are being raped. These men and women are kept as slaves.”

Editor’s Note: Sara Carter will be joining Glenn on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program to further discuss her trip to the border. Learn more HERE.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.