The Department of Homeland Security said it is investigating footage of Border Patrol agents on horseback confronting migrants trying to enter the United States as the department executes its plan to deal with thousands of largely Haitian refugees gathered under the Del Rio International Bridge.
Mayorkas said he was “horrified” by the images that have spread widely on social media. “Any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant is unacceptable,” Mayorkas said in an interview with CNN. “The pictures that I’ve observed troubled me profoundly.” He added that they expect to see “dramatic change in the next 48 to 96 hours.”
Mayorkas then stepped in to explain that the agents weren’t using whips. “To ensure control of the horse, long reins are used, but we are going to investigate the facts to ensure that the situation is as we understand it to be, and if it’s anything different we will respond accordingly.”
Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters Tuesday that she would be discussing the situation with the DHS secretary. “What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were was horrible,” she said. “And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki said the images were “horrific,” though she acknowledged not having all the information. “I have seen some of the footage. I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate,” Psaki told reporters.
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