In what appears to be an attention-seeking PR ploy, one day after releasing his ‘open borders’ immigration policy, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker “secretly” crossed into Mexico to “help” five “asylum” seekers cross into the U.S. illegally on Wednesday.
One day after releasing an immigration plan that would bypass Congress and “virtually eliminate immigration detention,” Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]—one of more than 20 Democrats running for President—crossed into Mexico on Wednesday to assist five “asylum seekers” cross into the U.S. and “to prevent them from being sent back to Mexico,” according to his press secretary Sabrina Singh.
Although his campaign did not make the visit public “out of concern for the asylum-seekers safety,” Booker—who has among the lowest polls in the Democratic field—was able to assemble a fairly press conference.
“Booker sought to get five women fleeing domestic violence admitted safely to the U.S. after they had previously been sent back to Mexico under the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy,” according to KVIA.com.
“My belief is they should be granted asylum, but they have a process to go through, but we are going to try and follow them through that process,” Booker stated at his make-shift press conference. “…They should have their asylum case evaluated, I think they are legitimate, and I think they should be allowed entrance into the United States of America.”
If the women are, in fact, fleeing domestic abuse, they do not meet the legal qualifications of asylum seekers.
Under U.S. law, refugee status or asylum “may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”
Cases of domestic abuse are for the authorities in Mexico (or other immigrants’ native countries) to prosecute.
On Tuesday, Booker laid out his “open borders” immigration plan.
Under his plan “many migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border would be released into the interior of the United States,” reported Politco.