A U.S. Congresswoman in Texas has been accused of training migrants in Mexico on how to exploit the United States’ border laws.
Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, “is sending staff to Mexico’s northern border town of Ciudad Juárez 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 return to the U.S.,” according to The Washington Examiner.
The National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, along with a local Catholic diocese, said they interviewed thousands of migrants as a quality control method, seeing if any migrants had been “wrongly” returned to Mexico. Apparently, they found the opposite – the migrants had been wrongly let into the United States.
“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,” a union member reportedly 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.”
CBP believes that Escobar’s office has been working with migrants to help them circumvent the law.
“She’s trying to obviously say these people have been wrongly denied their claims and they’re waiting when they shouldn’t be,” said Mark Metcalf, a former federal immigration judge reportedly said.
There is no legal remedy to the situation unless “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.”
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