Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters said on Wednesday that the Border Patrol agents accused of whipping Haitian migrants at the southern border committed actions that are worse than what was done during slavery.
“What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery,” Waters said during the press conference. “Cowboys with their reins in hand whipping black people, Haitians, into the water where they’re scrambling and falling down and all they’re trying to do is escape the violence in their country,” Waters continued.
Waters went onto say that she’s “pissed” at the Biden administration for “following the Trump” policy on immigration. “I’m unhappy with the administration. We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers in testimony this week that his department was investigating the incident and would have answers within days, not weeks. “I want to assure you that we are addressing this with tremendous speed and tremendous force,” Mayorkas said. “The facts will drive the action we take.” He added: “It will be completed in days – not weeks.”
On Thursday, the U.S.’s special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned over the administration’s treatment of Haitian migrants. Mr Foote wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying he was stepping down immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.”
“I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” he wrote.
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