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DHS cancels Dem staffers' border facility visit saying aides were 'rude' on previous tour

Officials say committee staff for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have been uninvited

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Officials from the Department of Homeland Security have canceled a border facility tour for Democratic House Oversight Committee aides slated for this week, after staffers were accused of being "rude" during their last visit, according to an exclusive report from Fox News.

What are the details?

Fox reported that committee staff for chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made a visit to Customs and Border Protection facilities at the U.S. southern border last week, but a second trip planned for this week has been nixed.

"Due to the operational burden placed on the field by their refusal to comply with instructions during last week's STAFFDEL [staff delegation visit], CBP pulled the trip in which more site visits were to take place at CBP and ICE facilities this week," an unnamed DHS official wrote the outlet via email. "DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week."

DHS assistant secretary of legislative affairs Christine Ciccone wrote to Cummings immediately following last week's visit to inform him of that this week's trip was off "unless we receive a firm commitment that the Committee and its staff will comply fully with all existing guidelines and policies."

Committee ranking member Jim Jordon (R-Ohio) also wrote Cummings a letter regarding the conduct of the chairman's staffers during their trip, saying, the aides were "rude" and even crossed the border into Mexico "without consultation from the Department of State."

Jordon added, "One aspect missing from your staff travel to date has been any interest in the well-being of, or resources provided to, the brave men and women who serve to secure our border. Several border patrol agents told us the nasty rhetoric from Democrats in Congress — one Member of this committee even likened them to Nazis — hurts morale and makes some agents reluctant to tell people what they do for a living."

Jordan was referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who has repeatedly referred to CBP facilities as "concentration camps."

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