Outrage Grows After Border Agents on Horses Chase Haitian Migrants

In Summary

As thousands of Haitian migrants fled the nation to seek refuge in the United States, border patrol agents in Texas were seen chasing them down with horses, causing outrage.  

The White House is responding after photos and videos of border agents chasing Haitian migrants circulated online and on social media. 

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According to CNN, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is seeking more information on the videos. “I’ve seen some of the footage,” Psaki said. “I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate, but I don’t have additional details, and certainly I don’t have additional context. I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate.”  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña into Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, as authorities attempt to close the border to stop the flow of migrants. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

The videos were taken by Al Jazeera and Reuters and show law enforcement officials at the US-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas. They were on horseback with what resembles whips chasing Haitian migrants trying to seek refuge in the United States.  

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Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande river from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, to avoid deportation from the U.S. The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Thousands of Haitian migrants have traveled to Mexico to cross into the United States as they seek shelter. Haiti has been riddled with numerous problems, including a devastating earthquake that followed the assassination of the country’s president in July.  

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According to The New York Times, the Biden administration said it would quickly begin deporting Haitians who have gathered at the southern border. Marsha Espinosa, the assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, said, “We have reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey.”  

Men lift a baby over the waters of the Rio Grande river as migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, to avoid deportation from the U.S. The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Response to the images quickly consumed social media. BNC’s Mike Hill, host of Start Your Day, reacted on Instagram, calling the acts “Indefensible.”  

Marc Lamont Hill, host of BNC’s Black News Tonight, shared the same photo, saying, “EVIL. PURE EVIL.”  

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