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World Texas Republican congressman says the Border Patrol agents filmed whipping at Haitian migrants are 'doing God's work'

11:25  22 september  2021
11:25  22 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to 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 on September 19, 2021. Paul Ratje/Getty Images. Rep. Tony Gonzalez defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed whipping at Haitian migrants . The Texas Republican said the agents were " doing God ' s work fighting everything they can." The Department of Homeland Security has opened an investigation into the treatment of the migrants .

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a man riding a horse in a field: A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to 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 on September 19, 2021. Paul Ratje/Getty Images © Paul Ratje/Getty Images A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to 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 on September 19, 2021. Paul Ratje/Getty Images
  • Rep. Tony Gonzalez defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed whipping at Haitian migrants.
  • The Texas Republican said the agents were "doing God's work fighting everything they can."
  • The Department of Homeland Security has opened an investigation into the treatment of the migrants.
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Rep. Tony Gonzalez, a Texas Republican, defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed riding on horseback and using their reins to whip at Haitian migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.

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Several Republican lawmakers are standing by Border Patrol agents amid false claims from Democrats that the agents used whips on Haitian migrants attempting to cross the border illegally. Texas GOP Rep. August Pfluger blasted the accusations from Democrats and media members. The lawmakers' comments came as a video circulated online showing what appeared to be a horseback Border Patrol agent swinging his reins near a Haitian migrant . Multiple Democrats have claimed that the agents beat migrants with whips , but there is no evidence that any migrants were struck by the

Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas , on Sept. President Joe Biden believed scenes of border patrol agents on horseback intimidating Haitian migrants were “horrific and horrible” and supports a Department of Homeland Security investigation into the matter, his top spokeswoman said Tuesday. “I don’t know anyone who could watch that video and not have that emotion,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in an interview with CBS

Gonzalez argued that the law enforcement agents were "doing God's work" by attempting to prevent the migrants from crossing the river on Sunday near Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants hoping to seek asylum in the US are currently sheltering in a squalid makeshift refugee camp under a bridge in Del Rio.

"It's a very desperate situation and they're doing God's work, fighting everything they can," Gonzalez told CNN of the officers in a Tuesday interview. He argued that "chaos" is inevitable under the current circumstances.

"The last thing any of us want to see is the mistreatment of anyone, to include migrants, but when you have tens of thousands of people and only hundreds of Border Patrol agents it creates a very desperate situation," he said.

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  Biden sends hundreds of border agents, steps up flights to remove Haitian migrants from south Texas The Department of Homeland Security released the Biden administration's six-point strategy to deal with the influx of migrants at the southern border.The sudden wave brought thousands of Haitians to Del Rio, Texas, many gathering near a bridge in the border town as the administration prepared a plan to deal with what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a border crisis.

Psaki says 'horrific' footage of Border Patrol agents whipping at Haitian migrants are 'not who we are '. "It' s important for people to know this is not who we are ," she continued. "That' s not who the Biden-Harris administration is ." Scenes of horse-mounted US Customs and Border Protection agents confronting and grabbing Haitian migrants near Del Rio, Texas over the weekend surfaced online on Monday, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to announce an investigation that evening.

U. S . border agents on horseback are whipping Haitian asylum seekers carrying plastic bags of food and clothing. They reach out to grab the shoulders of people fleeing barefoot or in flip-flop sandals. This is what’ s underway in the border town of Del Rio, Texas , where an encampment of about 14,000 migrants await The horrifying scenes are the latest evidence that our immigration enforcement machine is operating with the same cruel logic that it has for centuries. Biden ran on a campaign that made big promises — namely, to be trusted to undo the work of the Trump administration.

Haitian migrants told reporters that they were forced to leave the camp to find water and food for themselves and their families, including many young children. Many of them waded across the river to retrieve sustenance in Mexico and then attempted to return to the camp.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday called the images of the Border Patrol agents whipping and yelling at barefoot migrants carrying bags of food "horrific" and "horrible." The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it has opened an investigation into the treatment of the migrants.


Gallery: Shocking photos show Haitian migrants swimming across the Rio Grand into Mexico and being confronted by Border Patrol agents on horses (Business Insider)

"The footage is extremely troubling, and the facts learned from the full investigation, which will be conducted swiftly, will define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken," the agency said in a statement.

Video footage taken by Al Jazeera English showed agents on horseback using their reins as whips as they charged the migrants and tried to push them back into the river. One agent yelled at a group of men and women, "This is why your country's shit because you use your women for this."

Haiti is suffering from urgent humanitarian and political crises. In July, the president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated when gunmen stormed his residence. The country's top prosecutor has since said there's evidence the acting prime minister played a role in the assassination. Meanwhile, the United Nations has reported that 800,000 Haitians were impacted by the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country last month, which killed more than 2,000 people.

"Everyone knows what we Haitians are going through," one Haitian migrant told an Al Jazeera reporter on the banks of the Rio Grande. "There's no president. Crime is high. Students can't go to school. There's no work. The economy is down. People can't put up with that."

The US government has begun deporting thousands of Haitian migrants back to Haiti, even as the Haitian government pleads for a "humanitarian moratorium" on such removals.

Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called the US officers' actions human rights violations.

"These are human rights abuses, plain and simple. Cruel, inhumane, and a violation of domestic and international law," Omar tweeted on Monday. "This needs a course correction and the issuance of a clear directive on how to humanely process asylums seekers at our border."

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