U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, plans to bring a colleague along Saturday for his tour of the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the southern U.S. border.
Bridenstine, who has been in a week-long struggle with the Department of Health and Human Services over a visit to the facility, said U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will join him on the tour. Both will also bring staff members, the congressman’s office said Thursday.
Neither of the lawmakers will agree to abide by the tour’s restrictions _ no recording devices, no questions or interaction with staff and children, according to Bridenstine’s office.
The congressman is also demanding that the administration have a range of experts available to answer questions, along with documentation on each child at the facility, called Temporary Shelter Kilo.
The shelter has more than 1,000 minors, mostly from Central American countries; it can hold up to 1,200.
HHS officials were scheduled to conduct a media tour on Thursday. Those participating were also not allowed to use recording devices, ask questions or interact with the children and staff.