BREAKING: NYC Mayor Crosses the Border Illegally
WASHINGTON — July 11, 2018
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security team violated U.S and Mexican law by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas.
De Blasio is known as a fierce critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
The trip took place with around 20 other mayors from around the country on June 21, just as Donald Trump signed a bill stopping family separations at the border.
Earlier this year, De Blasio tried to gain access to a holding facility for immigrant children, but was denied entrance by DoD representatives. In protest of these events, DeBlasio decided to go to Mexico and then crossed into the U.S. to get a view of the facility.
According to police reports, the group moved toward the Rio Grande River floodplain south of the Tornillo, Texas. A uniformed Border Patrol agent asked them if anyone from Border Patrol or public affairs was there to authorize their presence. And De Blasio said no.
“The mayor crossed the border with the direct approval and under the supervision of the border patrol supervisor at this port of entry,” Phillips said in an email Tuesday night to the AP. “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.”
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. The group, however, disregarded the order and drove back into Mexico.
A spokesman for Border Protection had no comment. The mayor’s office flatly denies the allegation.
Earlier this month, Trump announced that he had halted his immigration policy, and asked the Pentagon to find places where family members could be housed together.
In it turn, the U.S. Defense Department announced Monday that it would not pay for housing some 32,000 detained immigrants whom the Trump administration wants to be sheltered at military installations as part of his “zero tolerance” enforcement policy on America’s border with Mexico.