June 22, 2012
US Media Restricted at Border,
Federal Agent Cites Safety Concerns
Breitbart -- June 21, 2014
Granjeno City, Texas -- A remote section of the U.S.-Mexico border near the Anzalduas International Bridge is one of the few places where media can witness and record the mass crossings of minors coming from Central America. The U.S. Border Patrol is now restricting journalists' access to the area citing safety concerns.
“You can't be here," a Border Patrol agent said. After learning that he was speaking with Breitbart Texas, the agent repeated his assertion and stated, “It isn't safe for you here.” The agent refused to give his name and then grabbed his phone, acting as though he had a phone call. He then raised his arm over his name badge. When a camera was put on him, he quickly sped off. [...]
The area of the Rio Grande River south of McAllen, Texas to Anzalduas Park has effectively become ground zero for the Texas border crisis. While some of the activity is occurring near the park and can be witnessed and documented by media, much of the crossing of minors occurs in areas with signs warning U.S. citizens not to enter. Some of the areas are under the care of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, while other areas are private property. Much of the area is controlled by the International Water Boundary Commission (IWBC), and the area around the Anzalduas International Bridge has traditionally been open for media and for anyone going to Rincon Village.
ABP Note: After reading this story, Glenn Spencer of ABP decided to fly to the border and get aerial video of what is going on. He leaves on Wednesday and should arrive at Brownsville ready for aerial missions Thursday morning. Media inquiries should be made to Melissa Jaramillo - 520-803-7703 - after 8AM Pacific Time.