Democrat Representative Veronica Escobar was reported to have secretly sent staff to Mexico to coach as many as 6,000 asylum-seekers on how to exploit loopholes under the “remain in Mexico” policy by telling the migrants to pretend that they can’t speak Spanish or that they have health problems. Under the “remain in Mexico” asylum policy, anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish because they have to live in Mexico for up to 5 years until their claim is decided. Critics claim that Democrats, instead of representing Americans, prioritize illegal aliens to gain their votes.
A Democratic congresswoman 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.
The National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel told the Washington Examiner
aides to Rep. Veronica Escobar, who took over 2020 Democratic
presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s district, and the local Catholic
diocese have interviewed thousands of migrants in Juarez over the past
few weeks to find cases where Department of Homeland Security officials
may have wrongly returned people.
“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.
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.
Escobar’s team has sought interviews with 6,000 people who
were returned last month, according to one CBP official. The union
learned from an intelligence unit within CBP that those doing the
interviews are wearing recording devices during the interviews to tape
conversations and possibly listen back later.
“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
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.
Mark H. Metcalf, a former federal immigration judge during
the George W. Bush administration, said the involvement of Escobar’s
office was likely “more of a stunt than a genuine threat to the
integrity of the process.”
“She’s trying to obviously say these people have been
wrongly denied their claims and they’re waiting when they shouldn’t be,”
However, he said 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.
A Department of Homeland Security official aware of the
situation said Democrats, nonprofit organizations, and 2020 hopefuls
“are furious that these migrants” are not permitted to “await their
court dates in the U.S., where they have the opportunity to disappear
and slip into the interior never to be seen again.”
“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.
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