The Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli breaks a bombshell that El Paso Rep. Veronica Escobar is sending staffers to Ciudad Juarez to coach illegal immigrants on how to exploit loop holes to get them into the US. They are being told to lie about their ability to speak Spanish.
Giaritelli reports “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.
Mark H. Metcalf, a former federal immigration judge during the George W. Bush administration, says 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”