Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.) was told he could schedule an appointment for July 21. ""What are they trying to hide?" Bridenstine said after the incident. "Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released."
There are 1,200 immigrant children at the base. Bridenstine's office explained that HHS releases the children to a "sponsor" in the United States. The congressman said that a security guard at the Fort Sill, Okla., facility refused to let him enter the barracks without HHS approval even though he is a member of Congress.