The White House’s Gag Orders and Games With the Border

The White House keeps "message discipline" ... even when delivering conflicting messages.

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By Al Perrotta Published on March 18, 2021

Double-talk is to the Biden Administration what jelly beans were to Reagan. The RNC shares the latest. On one hand, in his ABC News interview Joe Biden tells migrants “don’t come.” But his DHS Secretary turns around and tells migrant parents, “we will not expel” your child if sent here alone. 

What about the COVID-19 positive illegal immigrants coming into the country? Democrats have a solution for that, too. On Wednesday, House Democrats shot down a bill that would require all illegal immigrants captured at our border to be tested for COVID. As you know, if you are flying into the country legally you have to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. You do, but immigrants don’t.

Isn’t this a problem? Not to Democrats. Don’t test for COVID and you can deny there’s COVID positive illegals are being distributed throughout the country. See? Problem solved!

The White House’s Great Plan

Earlier this week we described how Joe Biden is sending the Federal EMERGENCY Management Agency to help deal with the situation at the border that he and his team refuse to consider an emergency. It’s like calling on Orkin when ants are swarming your house, but denying you have a problem with pests. It’s like calling in the Ghostbusters but denying your house is haunted.

But don’t worry. The White House has a plan to combat the massive surge of illegal immigrants we see on the news overrunning our border and facilities. Keeping the media from covering the story so the flood of illegal immigrants won’t be seen on the news. See? Problem solved!

NBC News reports that border agents and sector chiefs were given a verbal order to deny ride-alongs and restrict information given the media. “The officials say the restrictions are seen as an unofficial ‘gag order’ and are often referred to that way among colleagues.” And forget about getting accurate data. As the Federalist reports, “Officials responsible for gathering data about the number of illegal immigrants in federal custody, they say, have been told not to share that information with anyone to prevent possible leaks.” 

The most transparent administration in history gave the order orally. No paper trail, no real accountability. Just a verbal mandate to keep the American people from knowing the full truth of what is happening on our southern border .


On Wednesday, Biden … and of course the whole posse that travels with a president … left the White House to tout the $2 billion COVID relief boondoggle. Biden traveled to Chester, Pa to visit Smith Flooring, Inc as part of his “Help is Here” tour.

He was there for all of three minutes. Three minutes? Trump had put downs of Jim Acosta that lasted three minutes. Three minutes is not a visit. It’s a cameo.

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Was a photo op in a swing state really worth all the fuel and time? Not like Joe didn’t want to stick around longer.

He had asked Smith Flooring co-owner Kristin Smith if she had any questions, but Smith passed. “We don’t have any questions but we wanted to say thank you.” A business owner has no questions for a man set to propose a massive tax increase? About a still fragile economy and how it impacts the housing, and thus the flooring industry? Travertine versus marble? Heck, no questions about the poor pooch sent packing from the White House? 

I don’t think so. Joe was whisked away before he could field any questions from reporters. 

Biden Press Conference Set for March 25

Joe Biden will finally answer real questions on March 25. The White House announced Tuesday Biden will indeed be holding his first formal press conference one week from today. His historic delay in facing sustained questions will finally come to an end. Still, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday she found the nine-day advance notice “confounding.” 

McEnany told Fox News’ Outnumbered: “No one knows what the news cycle will be. No one knows what will happen and to put this pressure on it and have this buildup where we will all be watching this, it’s an extraordinary way to go about things. A confounding strategy and I’m not sure why they chose to deal with it.”

I think we know the reason: Nine days gives plenty of time for the White House to screen questions and prepare canned answers. 

Not that the White House has much to worry about from the White House press corp. That famously adversarial press that took apart Trump’s every word and usually found fault with it? They’re more like Biden’s PR company. You saw the fawning over his COVID anniversary speech. Check out how Politico describes Biden: “Earlier in his political career, Biden had a reputation for committing gaffes, and he and his team had been cautious to ensure message discipline on the campaign trail and during the first weeks of his presidency.”

“Earlier in his political career” … as in waaaaaay back in the past. As if he got over the gaffes sometime in the Carter years. 

He’ll Face the Press

On March 25, Biden will face the press. But expecting thorough questioning is like betting on a team of midgets to win March Madness. He’ll be tossed so many softballs, he’ll need a batting glove to ward off blisters. 

The border’s in crisis. Immigrant children’s lives are being put in danger by Biden’s policies. Shouldn’t the press push him hard on this? Yeah, but they won’t. Because protecting the border, protecting the lives of children, is far less important than protecting the man they helped put in the Oval Office. 

Politico calls it “message discipline.” And if there’s anything the powers running things in Washington know, it’s staying on message. Even when sending mixed messages. 


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl on Twitter and Parler, if his Twitter account is restored. You can also follow him @StreamingAl on Gab and MeWe.

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