Border Patrol agents were reportedly unable to stop a brazen illegal crossing into the United States last month — by the mayor of New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws when he and his security detail illegally crossed the border, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a letter, Fox News reports.
De Blasio and his security detail, run by the New York Police Department, were denied entrance to a holding facility for immigrant children. Aaron Hull, the chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, had sent the letter to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
De Blasio, who was visiting the Texas border on June 21, illegally crossed the border near El Paso. The mayor and his security detail were spotted taking photos by a Border Patrol agent on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry.
The agent then asked them if they received authorization from a Border Patrol or public affairs officer to be in the area. A New York Police Department inspector said no, when asked how they entered the vicinity, the group pointed toward Mexico.
The group disregarded the agent’s order to remain at the scene because they had crossed the border illegally, and instead drove back to Mexico, the letter stated. The agent was getting a supervisor to take the group to an official crossing for an inspection per federal law.
“The Mayor crossed the border with the direct approval and under the supervision of the border patrol supervisor at this port of entry. Any suggestion otherwise is a flat out lie and an obvious attempt by someone to attack the Mayor because of his advocacy for families being ripped apart at the border by the Trump Administration,” ~ Eric Phillips
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