Joe Biden condemns border agents on horses for treatment of Haitians

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Joe Biden condemns border agents on horses for treatment of Haitians

President Biden on Friday said that federal agents on horseback who twirled long reins near Haitians illegally crossing the US-Mexico border “will pay” for their actions.

Customs and Border Protection agents photographed with the long reins are on desk duty this week pending an investigation — as Democrats claim they were “whipping” migrants. Some agents and former border officials said the twirling motion appeared to be a tactic to steer horses.

A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback uses the reins to try and stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
A US Border Patrol agent on horseback uses the reins to try to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas.
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Regarding the US Border Patrol Agents, President Joe Biden said, "I promise you, those people will pay."
Regarding the Border Patrol agents on horses, President Biden said, “I promise you, those people will pay.”
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico
Some Democrats claim the border agents were “whipping” Haitian migrants.
AP Photo/Felix Marquez

“It was horrible what you see, what you saw — to see people treated like they did, with horses barely running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said at the White House in response to a reporter’s question.

“There’s an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. It’s beyond an embarrassment. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world. It sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

The Associated Press estimated that there were 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants gathered under and around a bridge near Del Rio, Texas, on Saturday. Nearly 2,000 people have been returned to Haiti since Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. Others have been released into the US and ordered to report to future immigration hearings.

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