Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro said this in last night’s debate:
If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’s zero tolerance policy, the Remain in Mexico policy, and the metering policy. This metering policy is basically what prompted Oscar and Valeria to make that risky swim across the river. They have been playing games with people who are coming and trying to seek asylum at our ports of entry. Oscar and Valeria went to a port of entry, and then they were denied the ability to make an asylum claim, so they got frustrated, and they tried to cross the river, and they died because of that.
I’m interested in the part in bold. This is referring to Oscar and Valeria Martinez, a father and daughter from El Salvador who were seeking asylum, and drowned in the Rio Grande river trying to cross into the United States. And the metering policy is a policy instituted by the Trump administration where the Border Patrol only allows a certain number of people per day to make asylum claims.
My question is, is Secretary Castro right that Oscar and Valeria Martinez went to a port of entry and were denied the ability to make an asylum claim?