Most transparent administration ever?
(AP) The Obama administration has released into the U.S. an untold number of immigrant families caught traveling illegally from Central America in recent months — and although the government knows how many it’s released, it won’t say publicly.
Senior U.S. officials directly familiar with the issue, including at the Homeland Security Department and White House, have so far dodged the answer on at least seven occasions over two weeks, alternately saying that they did not know the figure or didn’t have it immediately at hand. “We will get back to you,” the Homeland Security deputy secretary said Friday.
The figure is widely believed to exceed 40,000 since October. It’s believed to be slightly below the roughly 52,000 children caught traveling illegally from Central America over the same period, an extraordinary increase since last year that is driving a humanitarian crisis at the border. (snip)
The administration did not immediately respond Monday to renewed questions about why it won’t reveal the figure.
When the narrative shifts from “what are the numbers?” to “why won’t you release the numbers?”, there is a big, big problem with government transparency, and it certainly makes a citizen wonder what the government is hiding. Of course, it could simply be that those in the Obama admin just don’t feel like doing the job in getting the numbers. Pure laziness. Or, they just might be so used to being secretive and stonewalling that there is nothing nefarious, just business as usual for Team O.