When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited El Paso, Texas last month, he crossed a part of the U.S.-Mexico border on foot. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now alleging that he did so illegally.
The Mayor's office has denied these allegations, saying that this is made up because of his opposition to immigration enforcement. Who do you believe? Let us know in the comments.
De Blasio went to a holding facility for immigrant children but was denied entry. He then went to Mexico and crossed into the U.S. to get a view of the facility. The New York Police Department runs de Blasio’s security detail.
According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry, taking photos of the holding facility. The agent asked if anyone from Border Patrol or public affairs was there to authorize their presence. A New York Police Department inspector said no, according to the letter, and when the agent asked the group how they arrived, they pointed to Mexico.
The agent told them they’d crossed the border illegally and asked them to remain there while he got a supervisor and took them to an official crossing for an inspection per federal law, according to the letter. But the group disregarded the order and drove back to Mexico, according to the letter.