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Politics DHS suspends horse patrols but ramps up Haiti repatriation flights

09:55  24 september  2021
09:55  24 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The Biden administration said that it has temporarily suspended the use of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas as it works to ramp up controversial repatriation flights of Haitians camped under a bridge near the border. But even as DHS paused horse patrols amid an investigation into officers seen dispersing migrants on horseback, it is rapidly processing what was an estimated 14,000 Haitians camped on the Texas side of the border.

The Department of Homeland Security will stop using Border Patrol agents on horseback to turn illegal immigrants away from the US border. The policy change comes after photos showed mounted guards chasing down Haitian migrants. “We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily,” a DHS Mayorkas said his department is taking “swift and strong” action, and could issue further punishment to the agents after an internal investigation wraps up . However, conservative critics insist that the agents were simply doing their job, which is to prevent illegal entry into the US.

The Biden administration said that it has temporarily suspended the use of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas as it works to ramp up controversial repatriation flights of Haitians camped under a bridge near the border.

DHS suspends horse patrols but ramps up Haiti repatriation flights © Getty DHS suspends horse patrols but ramps up Haiti repatriation flights

"We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily," a DHS official said on a call with reporters.

But even as DHS paused horse patrols amid an investigation into officers seen dispersing migrants on horseback, it is rapidly processing what was an estimated 14,000 Haitians camped on the Texas side of the border.

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Department of Homeland Security officials and White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday that the use of horse patrols had been suspended temporarily in Del Rio. "I can also convey to you that the secretary also conveyed to civil rights leaders, earlier this morning, that we would no longer be using horses in Del Rio, so that is Thousands of migrants were living in a makeshift camp this week along the river bank separating Del Rio, Texas, from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico. More:Despite threats of repatriation to Haiti , migrant families survive in a camp beside Rio Grande. — Rick Rouan.

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a temporary suspension of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas, after a video that apparently showed Border Patrol agents using whips on refugees went viral. “We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily,” a DHS official was quoted saying by CNN on Thursday. “We’ll prioritize other methods for identifying individuals who might be in medical distress.”

"As of this morning, we were at around 4,050 individuals under the bridge so we have really made tremendous progress over the last 72 hours in drawing down the population under the bridge," a DHS official said.

That population dip comes as the U.S. is expected to expel a large number of those Haitians under Title 42, which allows the U.S. to remove migrants without giving them the chance to seek asylum.

"We are increasing the frequency and number of the repatriation flights each day," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers Tuesday, when the department had expelled roughly 500 Haitians.

DHS officials said Thursday that 1,400 people had been removed to Haiti after completing 13 different flights.

Another 3,200 are in DHS custody awaiting their fate.

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'We have increased the number of repatriation flights to Haiti and to other countries,' Mayorkas added as it was revealed this week DHS is aiming to send out several deportation flights per day. Under Title 42, migrants can be repatriated to their home nations without the possibility of requesting asylum due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, officials told DailyMail.com that thousands of Haitian migrants are being freed into the US on a 'very, very large scale' rather than being flown out on the deportation flights .

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended the use of horse patrol in the Del Rio, Texas, sector, a Homeland Security official told reporters Thursday, after stunning images from the scene prompted bipartisan criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis at the US-Mexico border. In recent days, the administration has ramped up those removals and increased the pace of repatriation flights to Haiti . Many of the Haitians currently at the border are believed to have been living in South America after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti , but the toll of the coronavirus

DHS officials repeatedly declined to provide figures for how many Haitians had been released into the U.S. under another provision of the law called Title 8.

"We are still under Title 42 because we are in a global pandemic, so we are still operationalizing that," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.

"If people are not are not expelled under that, then there are a range of options. Either they are put into an alternative to detention, where biometric data is required, they're given a notice to appear or they're put in an ICE facility," she said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The repatriation flights are continuing despite strong pushback from many members of President Biden's own party.

"I'm unhappy with the administration. We are following Trump politics. He is the one who does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

Caroline Vakil contributed to this story.

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