Horse Patrols Temporarily Suspended at Southern Border

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The use of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas, has been temporarily suspended, but mass deportations of Haitian migrants will continue.

The Biden administration has temporarily suspended the use of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas, after facing controversy over the treatment of Haitian migrants.  

RELATED: US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants  

“We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily,” an official with the Department of Homeland Security said, according to The Hill.  

This comes after videos of border agents on horseback intimidating migrants trying to enter the country circulated widely on social media. DHS has since opened up an investigation into the actions of agents.  

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.   

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

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

RELATED: Lawmakers React to Treatment of Haitian Migrants Amid Border Crisis   

The Congressional Black Caucus released a statement through chairwoman Joyce Beatty Tuesday saying, “The images that we’ve seen over the last 24 hours are horrific and I share the outrage being expressed by Americans across the country. The sort of mistreatment is an affront to the very conscience of this nation, and it is absolutely unacceptable.” The group had a meeting with the Biden administration in response to the treatment of migrants.  

Despite the temporary pause on horse patrols, the deportation of an estimated 14,000 Haitian migrants camping out in Del Riowill resume. 

“As of this morning, we were at around 4,050 individuals under the bridge so we have really made tremendous progress over the last 72 hours in drawing down the population under the bridge,” a DHS official said.  

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

The aggressive tactics against migrants at the border are not new. Cristina Jiménez, the co-founder of United We Dream, joined AMplified, hosted by Aisha Millsto discuss the long history of racism of Customs and Border Patrol.  

“I really think it’s important, as people are paying attention to these horrific images of how border patrol is treating Haitian refugees, to know that this is not new,” she said. “The violence and the brutality of border patrol agents and ICE agents has been [this way] since it was born.”  

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

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