Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Meyerkas, said the investigation into the actions of mounted Border Patrol agents, facing most of the Haitian asylum-seekers who illegally cross the southern border, would soon be concluded and made public.
Meyerkas made the remarks at a White House press briefing on September 24, in which he said agents involved in the incident had been reassigned to administrative duties and that horse patrols in the area had been suspended.
Photos and video surfaced earlier in the week showing Border Patrol officers riding and apprehending illegal migrants in the Del Rio, Texas, area.
Commenting on the incident, Meyerkas said, “The entire nation saw horrific images that did not reflect who we are, who we want to be, or the integrity and values of our truly heroic personnel in the Department of Homeland Security, It added that “the department will not tolerate any kind of mistreatment of any expatriate and will not tolerate any violation of its values, principles and ethics.”
At the same time, Meyerkas said he would not “guess the facts” nor “spoil the integrity of the investigative process”, which would take its course and produce results that would be made public.
Brandon Judd, a top Border Patrol union official, told The Epoch Times this week that agents were not reining in illegal immigrants, a claim made by some of those who commented on the images.
“The agents have to keep the migrants off the horses for their own safety. And so they will spin the bridle, and keep away from the horses. But they don’t use those reins to try to beat, kill people. Those agents didn’t use those bridles in any way, shape or form to try to attack someone,” he said, adding that the horses are used as a “deterrent technique” to help people illegally be prevented from entering the country.
A photographer who captured images of Border Patrol agents on horseback near an influx of Haitians crossing the US-Mexico border illegally said he did not see agents whipping anyone.
“Some Haitian men started running, trying to get around the horses,” photographer Paul Ratze told local station KTSM about the situation. “I’ve never seen him whip anyone,” he said. “He was twisting it, but it can be misunderstood when you’re looking at the picture.”
Mayercas said that since September 9 the Del Rio region has faced about 30,000 illegal immigrants, with the highest number reaching around 15,000 at one time, many of whom are camping under an international bridge near the border. Huh.
The DHS chief said the camp has now been cleared and officials are continuing to expel individuals who enter the United States illegally under Title 42 authorization. So far, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has carried out 17 evacuation flights to Haiti, according to Meyerkas, involving about 2,000 individuals.
Asked what happened to the 15,000 or more people who camped under the bridge, Mayrakas said some had been returned to Haiti, others were taken to processing facilities on the border, where “many” returned to Haiti. Will come Although he did not provide detailed figures, Meyerkas said some individuals who qualify for asylum on the basis of fleeing persecution from their country will not be returned to Haiti, but will be placed in immigration enforcement proceedings.
President Joe Biden on Friday said he takes full responsibility for the chaos on the US southern border and vowed border patrol officers that they would “pay for” and disperse illegal immigrants on horseback.
“Of course, I take responsibility, I’m the president,” Biden said Friday, taking questions from reporters. “What you saw was horrifying, to see people behaving like them, horses almost making them run, people strapped to them. It’s disgraceful. I promise you those people will pay. They will be—an investigation now.” It’s going on and there will be consequences.”
Regarding comments made by White House officials, Judd told The Epoch Times that Border Patrol officers feel abandoned in the wake of a growing crisis.
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