The clip, posted Thursday on Hunter’s Twitter page, shows the congressman walking toward a barrier of beams, telling viewers he had arrived at Yuma, Arizona’s “grand border wall” just 15 meters from Mexico.
“This is what we expect to stop people ― transnational terrorists, families, all the illegal aliens who are coming across the border,” he said. “This is it. It looks pretty tough to cross. Let me see if I can do it.”
The question ― clearly a rhetorical one ― was soon answered as Hunter hopped over the fence, declaring, “That’s how easy it is to cross the border here in Yuma, Arizona.”
However, Border Patrol told the
“He’s a congressman from California, why is he in Arizona?” he asked. “He should be spending time in the district talking about the issues instead of avoiding voters as he has since 2017. He should be holding town halls or debates like the rest of his colleagues are when they’re out of session.”
Last year, Hunter and wife Margaret were both
Pointing out that fact, Campa-Najjar said Hunter would have broken that condition if he had actually entered Mexico.
“Hunter either violated conditions of his release mandated by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo not to leave the continental U.S., or he was pulling a political stunt and lied,” Campa-Najjar said. “Thankfully for Hunter, he did not cross into Mexico as he claims.”
Defending the lawmaker in an email to the Times, Hunter’s spokesman Michael Harrison argued he was simply attempting to prove that Yuma’s border security is “woefully insufficient.”
“I would encourage others to look and review a map, spend time with the Border Patrol and understand what structures are in place and where they are with regards to the international border,” Harrison added.
Hunter and Campa-Najjar have publicly squared off in the past over the lawmaker’s
This story has been updated with a statement from Campa-Najjar.