Let’s just call it “voter outreach” by the Democrats.
According to the National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel, freshman Congresswoman Rep. Veronica Escobar has been sending members of her staff in secret to the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez to coach asylum seekers on how to game the system and make it into the U.S.
The Washington Examiner reports that the aides are looking to “find migrants returned from El Paso, Texas, under the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, then coaching them to pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole letting them to [sic] return to the U.S.”
Is this a great country or what?
“What we believe is happening is Veronica Escobar’s office is going … to basically second-guess and obstruct work already done by the Border Patrol,” said one senior union official, who shared evidence with the Washington Examiner from concerned CBP managers and rank-and-file members. Those documents have been held to protect identities.
The “Remain in Mexico” policy has been attacked despite it being a perfectly legal agreement between Mexico and the U.S., which is designed to relieve the crush of migrants flooding the border.
But there’s a loophole being exploited by Escobar.
Under the bilateral Migration Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy, anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish because they may have to reside in Mexico up to five years until a U.S. federal judge decides their asylum claim. A Democratic politician’s aides reescorting people back to the port are telling officers the Central American individual with them cannot speak Spanish despite their having communicated in it days earlier, CBP officials said.
“What we’re hearing from management is that they’re attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand — where a person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues,” the union representative said.
They’re going to get these people into the U.S. by hook or by crook — mostly by crook:
“They went through and interviewed everybody, cherry-picked them, brought them back, and now are using them as tag lines. They’re going over there and manufacturing a lot of these issues,” said the union official.
All three border officials worried the interviews might be used to suggest the Border Patrol is wrongfully turning away a large number of asylum-seekers.
“We had finally found a happy medium ‘cause we always get crapped on when it comes to immigration laws, and then they’re finding loopholes to bring them back,” the second official said.
One former immigration official told the Examiner that “a criminal case would exist if Escobar were found to be complicit in an effort to perpetrate a fraud, which would have to include knowingly injecting false statements during interviews, follow-up conversations, and documents presented to U.S. officials.”
Don’t hold your breath for an indictment to be handed down. Escobar and dozens of other organization’s are doing God’s work.
“By opposing a system that assists migrants and speeds wait times, these individuals are exposing a cause that looks more like a cover story for their political motivations. Any efforts to subvert and obstruct federal law enforcement operations should receive a full review,” the Homeland Security official said in a text.
The whole point of their efforts is to demonstrate how hard-hearted the U.S. is, so speeding up wait times, in their view, is a tragedy.
I wonder if, in addition to “coaching” asylum seekers in how to get instant entry into the U.S., they don’t also give them tips on what to tell border officials that would improve their chances for asylum. For example, maybe the migrant’s sob story isn’t sobby enough and they are coached in how to exaggerate the awful conditions they live in so they qualify under the porous U.S. asylum laws.
Ordinarily, any congressman who pulled a stunt like this would be disciplined by the House. Instead, House Democrats will probably give her a medal.