Border Patrol Agents Who Chased Haitian Migrants Questioned

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Border Patrol agents who were seen chasing Haitian migrants at the U.S-Mexico border faced questioning about the incident as part of an internal investigation.  

The U.S. Border Patrol agents who were seen in viral photos and videos grabbing Haitian migrants at the U.S-Mexico border in Texas were questioned as part of an internal investigation.  

According to ABC News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched the internal review after backlash over the photos showed the violent tactics used against migrants seeking refuge in the United States.  

RELATED: Haitian Migrants Followed Instructions to Texas Via WhatsApp 

In Sep. 2021, thousands of Haitian migrants began camping out in Del Rio, Texas, as they looked for ways to enter the United States, BNC previously reported. Haiti was and still remains riddled with numerous problems, including the assassination of the country’s president in July, followed by a devastating earthquake.  

As migrants crossed the border, videos taken by numerous outlets showed border patrol agents on horseback with tools that resemble whips as they chased migrants seeking refuge.  

RELATED: Outrage Grows After Border Agents on Horses Chase Haitian Migrants 

Democratic lawmakers were disappointed and outraged by the images as they hoped for a more humane immigration policy under the administration of President Joe Biden.  

At least two border patrol agents involved were placed on administrative duties, according to ABC News. Customs and Border Patrol said the horse patrol unit remains suspended from operating in Del Rio. Biden did not publicly release a statement on the incident but told ABC News there would be consequences.  

“It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay,” the president said. “They will be—there is an investigation underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.” Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, later clarified the president’s comments, saying the White House would wait for a complete investigation.  

RELATED: Thousands of Haitian Migrants Heading to US Despite Mass Expulsions  

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also commented and said he was “horrified” by the images.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.   

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