New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both U.S. and Mexican immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, according to a letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation.
De Blasio, who has taken time away from his duties as mayor to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, went to the Texas border with nearly 20 other mayors from around the country on June 21, the day after President Donald Trump signed an order halting family separations at the border.
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, TX, 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. MORE HERE