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KFDX Won't Participate in HHS Tour of Fort Sill Holding Facilities

We have declined the invitation to attend the Health and Human Services tour of the Fort Sill holding facilities on Thursday.
We have declined the invitation to attend the Health and Human Services tour of the Fort Sill holding facilities on Thursday.

We requested permission to tour the facility several weeks ago and were told no media would be allowed. However, now that a tour is authorized, we had to decline the invitation because of all the restrictions, which to us make it seem like a controlled and orchestrated media event.

Here for example are some of the restrictions the HHS has placed on the media:

  • No recording devices will be allowed
  • No questions will be allowed
  • No interaction with staff or children will be allowed
  • Questions must be submitted by email or phone after the tour
  • The HHS will provide photos after the tour
  • No interviews of HHS staff before or after the tour

A HHS spokesperson says this will be the only opportunity to tour the facility at this time. To us, this sounds more like propaganda and a staged event rather than a media tour. While we will continue to cover the immigration story as it continues to develop, for the reasons mentioned, we just can't take part in this upcoming tour.
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