In an Inquiry into the Treatment of Haitian Migrants by the Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security Promises to Have Findings in ‘Days’

In an inquiry into the treatment of Haitian migrants by the Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security promises to have findings in ‘days.’

Appalled': Border Patrol agents' treatment of Haitian migrants criticized  by former officials

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised a quick investigation into how officials on horseback treated Haitian migrants on the Texas border, assuring a House panel that the investigation will be concluded in days.

 

According to Mayorkas, an unannounced number of agents have been placed on administrative duty as investigators look into clashes in which some mounted agents seemed to use their reins as whips against migrants pouring into Del Rio, Texas.

 

The images of mounted officials forcing migrants back across the Rio Grande sparked outrage across the country.

 

“Our nation’s horror has been confronted with these measures because they do not represent who we are as a country,” Mayorkas added. The examination will be handled by the DHS Office of Professional Responsibility, and the agency’s inspector general has been contacted, according to the secretary.

 

The testimony of Mayorkas did not appease the critics. The committee’s ranking Republican, New York Rep. John Katko, called the situation at the southern border “completely out of control.” Democrats were outraged by photographs of officials on horseback hunting down migrants, while Republicans accused President Joe Biden of failing to protect the southern border.

 

Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., questioned Mayorkas how many agents stationed at the border had been taken off duty to process Afghans arriving in the United States following the military pullout from their home country last month in a harsh confrontation. Agents had been dispatched, she added, to “process and essentially babysit” Afghans.

 

Mayorkas stated that he disagreed with Cammack’s description of the task, to which she responded that she “didn’t ask whether you disagreed” and that it was “a disgrace” that agents in one of the busiest sections had been removed from duty.

 

Mayorkas stated that he disagreed with Cammack’s description of the task, to which she responded that she “didn’t ask whether you disagreed” and that it was “a disgrace” that agents in one of the busiest sections had been removed from duty.

 

Republicans on the committee frequently pressed Mayorkas on whether his department’s attempt to curb immigration was succeeding, citing figures that show more encounters with migrants in recent years.

 

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., questioned the strategy of deporting Haitians and chastised the officers on horseback who were videotaped following individuals who had crossed the border.

 

Thousands of Haitians at the US-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas, were in desperate need of humanitarian aid on Wednesday, as the Biden administration continued to send expulsion flights to Haiti and Mexican law enforcement took a tougher stance.

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