Report: Democratic Rep. Sending Staff To Mexico To Coach Returned Migrants To Pretend Not To Speak Spanish

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Texas Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar is reportedly sending staff members into Mexico in order to coach migrants returned from the United States on how to exploit a legal loophole that would allow them back inside the country.

The Washington Examiners Anna Giaritelli revealed in a report released Friday that Escobar, who replaced former Texas Rep. and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke in the House, is sending staff members to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, “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 return to the U.S.”

The Examiner reported:

The National Border Patrol Councils El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel told the Washington Examiner aides to Rep. Veronica Escobar … 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.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO – JUNE 27: El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz (L) prepares to escort Celsia Palma, 9, from Honduras, before they cross the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry bridge towards the U.S. on June 27, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Mario Tama/Getty Images

“What we believe is happening is Veronica Escobars office is going … to basically second-guess and obstruct work already done by the Border Patrol,” a union official told the Washington Examiner.

The loophole exists because the “Remain in Mexico” policy requires returned migrants to be fluent in Spanish while they stay in that country for up to five years pending a U.S. judges asylum claim decision.

CBP officials told the Washington Examiner that Escobars aides are “reescorting people back to the port” and “telling officers the Central American individual with them cannot speak Spanish despite their having communicated in it days earlier.”

“What were hearing from management is that theyre attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesnt understand — where a person who didnt have any health issues before now has health issues,” the union representative told the Examiner.

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