Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio violated immigration laws in the US and Mexico last month when he illegally crossed back-and-forth between the two nations, Customs and Border Protection alleges.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Customs and Border Protection said De Blasio and his security detail were on the Rio Grande River flood plain, south of the Tornillo Port of Entry, during a June 21 trip to the border. He then went to Mexico and crossed into the get a better view of the facility.

The letter, addressed to New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill, said a uniformed border official noticed the group taking photos of the holding facility from the Rio Grande River flood plain - south of the USA point of entry in Tornillo, Texas.

The agent says he noticed the mayor and his team taking photos.

It cited claims by an agent that the group ignored his orders to stay put after he had told them of the violation, according to the Associated Press.

During Austin Mayor Steve Adler's visit to the border at the height of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, Adler reportedly illegally crossed the border, according to a report from Fox News.

The AP reports that de Blasio's office has denied the charge.

"Threats by the Trump Administration will not stop me from speaking out and they won't stop my fellow mayors from speaking out, and they won't stop every day New Yorkers and Americans from speaking out", de Blasio said. In an appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show, de Blasio said that these children are suffering psychologically and physically from the immigration policy.

How did de Blasio respond?

The accusations surrounding Mr de Blasio's border crossing come amidst continued controversy surrounding the almost 3,000 children who have been split from undocumented adults entering the US.

The official then reportedly informed the group they had crossed the border illegally. "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". "ICE is broken, it's divisive and it should be abolished", the mayor tweeted last month.

Phillips had posted tweets of the mayor's visit on June 21.

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