Immediately after last night’s Democratic debate, liberal media pundits were swooning over Cory Booker.
But they’re singing a different tune today.
That’s because Booker is facing increasing scrutiny over a political stunt he pulled to celebrate Independence Day, when he illegally and personally escorted five migrants across the border with Mexico.
HAPPENING NOW: @SenBooker escorts victims of abuse seeking asylum across the Santa Fe bridge from Juárez, Mexico to El Paso, TX. The asylum seekers were sent back to Mexico under the MPP program. They have asked for their identities to be protected. @CoryBooker pic.twitter.com/FKXcIZAmHC— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
The senator spent 4+ hours speaking w/ the asylum seekers at the Organización Internacional Para Las Migraciones (OIM) in Juárez prior to the border crossing. The action comes following the campaign’s statement to end the border crisis. https://t.co/t3nqwTyyA5 pic.twitter.com/t0AllW6d8B— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
The senator has made it through with the asylum seekers. They will receive proper care/protection at a shelter (not a detention center) here in the United States.— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
Keep in mind, this action is in open violation of federal immigration laws.
According to independent reporter Andrew Kimmel, the asylum seekers had been sent back to Mexico after applying for asylum as per the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MMP) program, which mandates that asylum seekers wait in Mexico as their asylum claims are processed. …
In defense of his actions, Booker told Kimmel and a group of other reporters Wednesday that he believes the five asylum seekers were “unjustly denied the ability to present themselves for asylum.”
That was patently false. The fact that they must wait for their asylum claims to be processed isn’t in any way, shape or form equivalent to them being “unjustly denied” the right to apply for asylum. …
“…I’m gonna fight for these five folks and do everything I can to see that they get fairly evaluated. This is a long process that they’re now engaged in and I’m gonna make sure my office does the right thing…” @SenBooker upon arriving across the border pic.twitter.com/PuFbu7p18d— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
“It’s given me a greater conviction, a greater sense of determination, to fix this broken system & to correct the horrible things that Donald Trump is doing from the exec. office. I believe the next president can transform this system to make it safer & stronger as a nation…” pic.twitter.com/ehVxOtSwaz— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
I asked @SenBooker if he heard of border patrol confiscating passports of some asylum seekers. He said he has not heard of any specific cases. However, it is something that is happening to many people being sent back, of which myself & others have heard from migrants first-hand. pic.twitter.com/3WoIXSAjMB— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
What do you think? Should Booker be arrested for violating federal law?
I doubt it will actually happen, but we’ll have to wait and see. Anything could happen.
To be continued…
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