Agents with the Weslaco Station saw a group of people who had previously been unable to enter the USA climbing a tree to enter the country through Custom and Border Protection's (CBP) Port of Entry in Progreso, the agency said in a Wednesday news release.
The El Paso trip with about 40 other mayors was sold as an opportunity to visit a detention center, but officials rebuffed the mayors' request for a tour - something de Blasio knew would happen.
The agency alleged that de Blasio and his security detail violated both countries' border laws on June 21 when they illegally crossed into Mexico - and then back into the US - on foot near the El Paso, Texas, port of entry.
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. The group allegedly included de Blasio and members of the New York Police Department.
Mr de Blasio, a Democrat, has been a fierce critic of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the migrant family separations.
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"The agent informed the group that they had illegally crossed the United States/Mexico Border at a place other than a designated port of entry and that this was a violation of federal law", the letter read. An agent reportedly approached the group and asked if they had received authorization from a Border Patrol or public affairs officer to be in the area.
The agent says the mayor's team ignored orders to stay put while he went to get a supervisor and drove back into Mexico. In an appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show, de Blasio said that these children are suffering psychologically and physically from the immigration policy.
"The mayor crossed the border with the direct approval and under the supervision of the border patrol supervisor at this port of entry", Phillips said in an email Tuesday night to the AP. How on earth are we not allowed to see what's happening to these children? "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".
Phillips had posted tweets of the mayor's visit on June 21. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement.