New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The allegations from CBP were outlined in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that documents the alleged crime that took place when de Blasio visited a holding facility for illegal alien children near El Paso, Texas, on June 21, but was denied entry. The AP reports:
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.
De Blasio’s office tried to shoot down the accusations, painting the mayor as a victim and suggesting that he was being falsely attacked because of his support for illegal alien families.
“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.”