Border Patrol: New York Mayor Illegally Crossed U.S.-Mexico Border

Border Patrol: New York Mayor Illegally Crossed U.S.-Mexico Border

Agents with the United States Border Patrol confirmed Wednesday that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail illegally crossed into Mexico and then back into the United States while visiting the border last month.

Mayor de Blasio visited the border on June 21 and the letter written by border patrol was sent to the New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill on June 25.

De Blasio said border agents approved the crossing after his security detail asked to venture into Mexico so the mayor and other elected officials could get a different view of facility holding youths.

According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group standing in the Rio Grande floodplain south of the Tornillo, Texas, port of entry, taking photos of the holding facility.

A New York Police Department inspector reportedly responded that they had not and that they reached the location by coming from Mexico.

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.

De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said the group did nothing illegal and had approval to be there.

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

"We fully expect to not be told the truth, we fully expect to be turned away the way senators and congressmen have been turned away just trying to get the honest truth about what's happening to these children just as all of you have been doing", de Blasio said at a press conference at the time.

De Blasio, a Democrat, visited the border with about 20 other mayors the day after President Donald Trump signed an order stopping family separations at the border.

"Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders". "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".

A spokesman for the Border Protection had no comment.

After being denied access NY mayor Bill De Blasio looks through a chain linked fence outside of the children's tent encampment built to deal with the Trump administrations "zero tolerance" policy in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21, 2018.

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