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US ‘Extremely troubling’: Investigation launched into border agents on horseback seen chasing migrants

04:00  21 september  2021
04:00  21 september  2021 Source:   politico.com

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

  Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on the long road to the United States. About one quarter of them are children, according to Panamanian officials, and often still in arms. While trekking throughAbout one quarter of them are children, according to Panamanian officials, and often still in arms.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility has launched a formal investigation into Border Patrol agents after footage emerged showing them on horseback , menacingly using what appeared to be whips on migrants seeking asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border . The Department of Homeland Security, which said a full probe would help “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken,” has also dispatched additional personnel to oversee future border patrol operations over what’s become a sprawling, make-shift encampment of Haitians in Del

The agency says mounted agents used reins to control their horses . Amid the ongoing drama with migrants crossing the US-Mexico border at a stretch of the Rio Grande near the small Texas town of Del Rio, a Democrat activist claimed that mounted BP agents were “rounding up Haitian refugees Border Patrol officials have repeatedly told reporters their agents do not carry whips, and that the objects seen in the photos and videos are reins for the horses . Agents will “also spin them sometimes to deter people from getting too close to the horse ,” one official told Townhall’s Julio Rosas, but

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility has launched a formal investigation into Border Patrol agents after footage emerged showing them on horseback, menacingly using what appeared to be whips on migrants seeking asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border.

a group of people walking in the water: Haiti migrants waiting in Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña to get access to the United States cross the Rio Grande toward Ciudad Acuña to get supplies, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. © (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP) Haiti migrants waiting in Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña to get access to the United States cross the Rio Grande toward Ciudad Acuña to get supplies, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security, which said a full probe would help “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken,” has also dispatched additional personnel to oversee future border patrol operations over what’s become a sprawling, make-shift encampment of Haitians in Del Rio, Texas, seeking entry in the United States.

US nears plan for widescale expulsions of Haitian migrants

  US nears plan for widescale expulsions of Haitian migrants DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration worked Saturday on plans to send many of the thousands of Haitian immigrants who have gathered in a Texas border city back to their Caribbean homeland, in a swift response to the huge influx of people who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and congregated under and around a bridge. © Provided by Associated Press Haiti migrants waiting in Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña to get access to the United States, cross the Rio Grande toward Ciudad Acuña to get supplies, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Migrants can be seen carrying children and food while trying to escape officers. One officer charges toward migrants with his horse , sending them back to water. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki denounced the disturbing images. The White House is reacting to disturbing images that surfaced on Sunday of Border Patrol agents appearing to whip Haitian migrants desperately trying to cross the Rio Grande river into the United States. 'I don't know what the circumstances would be, it's obviously horrific,' Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of relevant footage from the border on Monday.

Border agents on horseback chased down migrants illegally crossing the border into the United States to try and join a camp of more than 15,000 immigrants in an isolated Texas town. On Saturday, Border Patrol agents on horseback began rounding up some of the migrants . A day earlier, about 500 Haitians headed towards the U.S. border were ordered off buses by Mexican immigration authorities in the northern state of Tamaulipas, and some tried to continue the journey on foot.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the matter and has alerted the DHS Office of Inspector General,” a DHS spokesperson said Monday.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas directed the Office of Professional Responsibility to be on site “full-time to ensure that the responsibilities of DHS personnel are executed consistent with applicable policies and training and the department’s values,” the spokesperson added.

The announcement of a formal investigation came after a steady flow of outrage over the images. A DHS official called the footage “extremely troubling” and that followed White House press secretary Jen Psaki deeming it “horrific.”

U.S. removing migrants from Texas border camp, begins flights to Haiti

  U.S. removing migrants from Texas border camp, begins flights to Haiti U.S. removing migrants from Texas border camp, begins flights to HaitiDEL RIO, Texas/CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (Reuters) -U.S. border agents are removing groups of mostly Haitian migrants from a large makeshift camp they had set up after wading across the Rio Grande separating Mexico and the United States, as the first repatriation flight arrived in Haiti on Sunday.

Reuters witnesses saw mounted officers wearing cowboy hats blocking the paths of migrants , and one officer unfurling a cord resembling a lariat, which he swung near a migrant 's face. A video showing a border guard apparently threatening migrants with the cords was shared on social media. Some on social media commented that the image of fleeing Black men chased by white officers on horseback had echoes of the historical injustices suffered by Black people in the United States.

image captionUS Border Patrol agents on horseback have been trying to close off crossing points along the Rio Grande river. Cubans too have been fleeing the island's worst economic crisis since shortly after the end of the Cold War, the BBC's Mexico correspondent Will Grant reports. Many of the migrants in Texas have made probably the most treacherous migrant journey in Latin America by crossing the thick jungle of the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama on foot.


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“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it’s acceptable or appropriate,” Psaki said at a press briefing earlier in the day.

Psaki added that she “can’t imagine what the scenario is where that would be appropriate” and that the White House was working to gather additional information.

Mayorkas, who had personally viewed footage of the Border Patrol agents, visited Del Rio on Monday, where he warned migrants against attempting to enter the United States in the same way.

"We have reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey," Mayorkas said.

A DHS spokesperson added, "We are committed to processing migrants in a safe, orderly, and humane way. We can and must do this in a way that ensures the safety and dignity of migrants.”

Nick Niedzwiadek contributed to this report.

Live updates: Biden vows action for treatment of Haitian migrants; Mayorkas says migrants gone from bridge camp .
Biden vowed action in his first extensive remarks on border patrol agents on horses who chased and seemed to whip Haitian migrants with their reins.“It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” Biden said in response to a reporter's question at the White House.

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