Outrage Grows After Border Agents on Horses Chase Haitian Migrants
In SummaryAs 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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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