Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) escorted 5 migrants seeking refugee status across the border in order to thwart immigration enforcement policies of the Trump administration.
Sabrina Singh, the national press secretary for the Booker campaign, announced the effort on her social media account Wednesday.
"Today @CoryBooker crossed the U.S. border from Juarez to El Paso," she tweeted, "to help escort 5 asylum-seekers and try to prevent them from being sent back to Mexico."
Booker said to reporters that he believed their asylum claims were legitimate based on their fears of sexual violence, and the violence they had already experienced.
"Out of concern for the asylum-seekers safety, we did not make this event public until now," tweeted Singh.
"Cory was able to observe the crossing, interactions with federal immigration authorities, and see the disastrous impact of President Trump's cruel immigration policy," she added.
Booker accused President Donald Trump of taking a "broken situation" and making it "much much worse."
A Quinnipiac poll published Tuesday of the Democratic presidential candidates showed Booker languishing in a tie for fifth place with 3 percent.
Here's Booker speaking Spanish at the debate:
Democratic Debates: Cory Booker Speaks Spanish, Says He'll Change ICE Policies | NBC New York www.youtube.com