The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio speaks next to a group of U.S. mayors during a press conference outside of a holding facility for the children of immigrants in the bolt, Texas, near the Mexico border, on 21. June 2018.
WASHINGTON – the mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, the city and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot with a visit to the vicinity of El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection claimed, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
The mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation.
De Blasio, a sharp critic of Trump’s management of immigration policy, went to the border to Texas with about 20 other mayors from across the country on may 21. June, the day after President Donald Trump signed an order to stop family separations on the border.
More than 2,300 families have been separated as a result of the application of the zero-tolerance policy,” the prosecuted who are caught crossing illegally. The mayor said Trump had failed to make a humanitarian crisis of its own.
De Blasio went to a holding facility for the children of immigrants but was denied entry. Then he went to Mexico and crossed into the USA to have a look at the system. The New York Police Department, de Blasio’s security detail.
According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group on the Rio Grande River flood plain in the South of the bolt, Texas, Port of Entry, photos from the holding facility. The agent asked if someone from border protection or of public Affairs was to authorize their presence. A New York city police inspector said, no, according to the letter, and if the agent of the group asked, as they came, they turned to Mexico.
The agent told them they’d crossed the border illegally, and asked them to stay there, while he was the supervisor and brought it to an official crossing for an inspection, per Federal law, according to the letter. But the group ignored the order and drove back to Mexico, according to the letter.
De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said the group did nothing illegal and had permission to be there.
“The mayor crossed the border with the direct approval and under the supervision of the border patrol supervisor in the port of entry,” Phillips said in an E-Mail Tuesday night to the AP. “Any suggestion otherwise is a flat-out lie and an obvious attempt to attack someone, the mayor because of his advocacy for families to be torn apart at the boundary of the trump Administration.”
A spokesman for the border protection had no comment.
The letter, sent 25. June by Aaron hull, the chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol El Paso area for the New York Police Department Commissioner James O’neill.