Border Patrol Conducting ‘Crowd Control Exercise’ on Election Day Near El Paso Hispanic Neighborhood’s Polling Station

The U.S. Border Patrol is preparing for the migrant caravan – still weeks and hundreds of miles away – by conducting a "crowd control exercise" on Election Day in a Hispanic neighborhood a half-mile away from their polling station.


(Looks like this “crowd control exercise” is only about 5 or 6 blocks from the polling site at the Armijo Recreation Center.) pic.twitter.com/Bm8f9XGNyp

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 6, 2018

That Hispanic neighborhood is in El Paso, which coincidentally happens to be the hometown of Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the popular Democratic candidate challenging U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Texas Monthly, reporting on the "exercise," notes that Senator Cruz "has welcomed news of the deployment and criticized his opponent for being soft on immigration. 'He is waiting on the Rio Grande with welcome baskets and foot massages,' Cruz said of O’Rourke recently. Cruz has also consistently pointed out that he has received the endorsement of the national U.S. Border Patrol Union."

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman describes the Election Day event as part of ongoing preparations and insists there is "no link to the election date."

That Hispanic neighborhood is in El Paso, which coincidentally happens to be the hometown of Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the popular Democratic candidate challenging U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Texas Monthly, reporting on the "exercise," notes that Senator Cruz "has welcomed news of the deployment and criticized his opponent for being soft on immigration. 'He is waiting on the Rio Grande with welcome baskets and foot massages,' Cruz said of O’Rourke recently. Cruz has also consistently pointed out that he has received the endorsement of the national U.S. Border Patrol Union."

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman describes the Election Day event as part of ongoing preparations and insists there is "no link to the election date."

U.S. Rep. David Price (D-NC) accuses the Border Patrol of engaging "in voter intimidation tactics. In the United States of America. Add this to the list of investigations for the next Congress," he warns.

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