New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio violated immigration laws in the USA and Mexico last month when he illegally crossed back-and-forth between the two nations, Customs and Border Protection alleges.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke alongside a group of other USA mayors, June 21, during a news conference outside a holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, near the Mexico border.
According to a letter written by the Customs and Border Protection agency, which was obtained by The Associated Press, a uniformed border patrol agent saw a group of people just south of the entry port in Tornillo, Texas.
De Blasio said border agents checked with a supervisor and allowed their cars to enter and exit Mexico via a regular checkpoint so they could get a different view of a Texas facility holding youths. But the group disregarded that order and drove back to Mexico, AP reports.
De Blasio's rebuttal was aimed at a letter from a US Customs and Border Patrol official to the NYPD that alleged the mayor and his security detail violated border crossing laws.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says allegations that he and his security detail illegally crossed the U.S. -Mexico border last month are "absolutely ridiculous".
"It's insane", de Blasio told reporters while standing outside the facility's gates.
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. Adler and several other mayors discussed their opposition to separating families and called on the government for action.
He decried the "broken, inhumane policy" during an unscheduled visit on 20 June to a New York City facility allegedly housing separated migrant children.
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".
De Blasio has been a frequent and vocal critic of the Trump administration, including the administration's immigration policies.
A spokesman for the Border Protection had no comment. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement.