Border Patrol Says mayor de Blasio of New York City crossed border illegally
Border Patrol agents were allegedly unable to prevent a brazen illegal crossing in the United States last month — from the mayor of NYC.
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 crossed the boundary, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection said in a letter.
The letter, by The Associated Press and sent June 25th, stated de Blasio along with his security detail, conducted by the New York Police Department, were denied entrance to a holding center for immigrant children.
Aaron Hull, the chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol El Paso Sector, had sent the correspondence to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
The letter stated de Blasio, who was seeing the Texas border on June 21, illegally crossed the border near El Paso.
The representative then asked them when they obtained authorization from a Border Patrol or public affairs officer to be in the place. A New York Police Department inspector stated no, according to the letter.
When asked how they entered the area, the team pointed toward Mexico.
The group disregarded the agent’s order to remain at the scene since they had crossed the border illegally, and instead drove back to city Mexico, the letter said. The agent was getting a supervisor to select the group to an official crossing for a review per national law.
De Blasio’s spokesman, Eric Phillips, said in a statement to Fox News that the mayor and his security detail had obtained direct approval to cross”at this port of entry,” regardless of what the letter explained.
“The Mayor crossed the boundary together with the direct approval and under the oversight of the border patrol manager at this port of entry. Any suggestion otherwise is a flat out lie and also a clear attempt by somebody to assault the Mayor due to his advocacy for families being torn apart in the boundary from the Trump Administration,” Phillips said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
De Blasio was a staunch critic of Trump and his immigration policies. He pledged to protect all illegal immigrants in New York City when Trump was chosen a president in 2016.
De Blasio was visiting the U.S.-Mexico border with about 20 other mayors from across the country when the alleged incident occurred.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.