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July 14, 2014 - 8:38 am

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who was denied access earlier this month to a center where illegal immigrants were being held, said his “concerns were validated” by getting to see a holding center at Fort Sill over the weekend.

“There are a lot of children there that have suffered on the trek to the United States of America. We’re talking about cases where people were abused,” Bridenstine told Fox today. “One of the things that I thought was of interest is the fact that a lot of these children have either family members or friends in the United States that are here illegally and those are the folks that are paying coyotes and transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and other places to transport those children here. That is where the suffering is occurring.”

“When you pay criminal organizations to transport children, you’re putting your children in harm’s way. And of course, in many cases, it’s not just the children of illegal aliens in our country but it’s also just friends and relatives of illegal aliens already in our country.”

Bridenstine had originally tried to take pictures when he first attempted to access the illegal immigrants, but did not “push that issue” this time.

“Here’s what they told us: They said, ‘You can come on visit. You can’t ask questions. You can’t talk to the staff. You can’t talk to the contractors. You can’t talk to the children.’ We told them very clearly we will treat their restrictions the way the president treats the laws of this country. We will treat them as suggestions and that’s what we did,” the congressman said.

“And when we went in, they were very accommodating as a matter of fact. We did talk to the personnel that worked there. We talked to the medical staff and in fact, we talked to some of the children and heard some of their stories.”

Those stories, he said, were “horrific.”

If the smuggling organizations don’t get enough money, “your children can be subject to forced labor, to forced prostitution, sold in the slave trade and in many cases, death. There are mass graves in northern Mexico because somebody didn’t pay the right criminal organization.”

“The other thing that was concerning to me was how the children, once they’re at these — by the way, the children who make it there are the lucky ones. There are a lot who don’t make it there. And then once they’re there, how are they released? Who are they released to?” Bridenstine continued.

“What I found out was that a lot of them are being released to folks in the United States of America who are not legal citizens of our country. As such, it’s very difficult to do a criminal background check, if not impossible,” he said. When they are released, they get a date to come back for court. A lot of them don’t come back for court and they just go off into our country and they remain illegal residents.”

The congressman said he intends to keep visiting Fort Sill, where about 1,200 illegal immigrants are being held.

“This is too important of an issue,” Bridenstine said. “Children are being made to suffer. It’s federal policy that is causing this, of this administration. We’ve got to get it right.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It is amazing to me that this administration thinks it can exclude Congressmen from going into these places. The Congressmen should go in and defy them. Take the pictures. What are the guards going to do? Physically assault a Congressman to seize his phone? That is a felony.
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I'm hearing numbers all over the place.

75% are between 14-17? Perfect age for gangbanger recruitment, brought here by gangbangers and sent to unknown places, untraceable.

And the diseases not seen in decades. Sent to Republican communities in Nebraska and Murrieta to do what? Attrition out bitter clingers. Infect communities?

Maybe we can send them to the VA and speed up the death march of military patriots.

Bill Ayers and his crowd always said they wanted to "off" 25 million of the most patriotic.

Wait list the military to death and import diseases for the rest?

Throw open the borders and shoot a little pool. Because if you are going to run the country into the ground, you ought to have some beers and grins while watching it crumble. And, it's as in your face as it can get.

So, sue me...and fetch me another beer while your up, chumps.
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Everyone should stand against the onslaught of the Moppet Horde™.

Those poor moppets, bawling at the border, clutching their teddy bears and their melting ice cream cones, as the lice skitter up and down their faces...
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I like this guy Bridenstine
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I don't know this for a fact but I suspect that they have to make sure that the Potemkin centers are all in order. I have read (but do not know) that 47% of these "children" are males between 14 and 17 years old. The news footage I've seen only shows the cute little children, not the older ones with gang tatoos.
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It is amazing to me that this administration thinks it can exclude Congressmen from going into these places. The Congressmen should go in and defy them. Take the pictures. What are the guards going to do? Physically assault a Congressman to seize his phone? That is a felony.
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This regime has already committed countless felonies; would one more make a damn bit of difference?
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People are quite intimidated by this administration; one has no idea to what extent they have gone to exert this intimidation. Whatever it is they are doing is working. No one seems to have the courage to fight these people.
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Exactly. And why are federal bureaucrats going along with it? They know it's a crisis, why not expose it.
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They could lose their jobs, their pensions and, depending on what kind of non-disclosure statement they've signed, their freedom.
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