DHS temporarily suspends use of horse units in Del Rio amid backlash

After images of Border Patrol Agents in Del Rio, Texas were photographed allegedly rounding up Haitian immigrants on horseback, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended the use of horse units. 

The Biden administration received bipartisan backlash after the images circulated on social media, despite the photographer claiming he never saw the agents use whips. Furthermore, DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters what appeared to be whips, were actually long reins, used to control the horses better.

As thousands of Haitian refugees gather at the Texas border, the US is attempting to block entry into Del Rio and is actively turning refugees away. Amid the chaotic crowd of 15,000, authorities began flying the Haitians back to their native country, although many have already found alternate routes to enter the country.

Despite a lineup of Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles and yellow police tape to prevent migrants from crossing a dam, the group managed to cross. A mere mile and a half downstream, hundreds walked through waist-deep river water and flowed directly into Texas.

Since the beginning of the Biden administration, millions of illegal immigrants have successfully crossed the southern border. The crisis led states including Arizona, Nebraska, and Florida to send aid to help Texas protect its southern border in response to the minimal federal effort. 




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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