Border Patrol cancels Texas drill after voter suppression complaint

The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday abruptly canceled a crowd-control exercise near a polling place in a Hispanic neighborhood in El Paso after critics said the presence of a large number of armed uniformed agents could discourage people from voting.

The “mobile field force demonstration” was scheduled to take place at the Paso del Norte crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, near the Chihuahuita neighborhood of about 100 homes.

Lawmakers, activists, and the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the decision to hold the exercises on Election Day, saying it could discourage high turnout in the Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, and incumbent Republican Sen.

Ted Cruz. Cruz held onto his seat, narrowly beating O’Rourke.

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