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Report on border agents 'whipping' Haitian migrants may never appear – Washington Examiner

AUSTIN, Texas — The status of the promised investigation into horse-mounted Border Patrol agents accused by President Joe Biden of whipping migrants remains unknown more than four months later, and a report may never be released, Department of Homeland Security officials told the Washington Examiner.
The administration promised a quick review of the incident, but the lack of a conclusion vindicating or convicting mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, for their behavior in preventing Haitian migrants from illegally crossing into the United States in September has prompted suspicion among DHS officials, who said the report should have been concluded by now regardless of the outcome.
“I doubt that the current administration will release this report on the horse patrol incident because it makes the administration look terrible,” the first DHS official said in a phone interview. “They essentially convicted the mounted agents based upon a lie, which the investigation after 120 days would surely have revealed.”
“My experience would be that this would have been done within a period of weeks,” the official said, adding that no agent had been disciplined to date.
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A representative for the Border Patrol union, the National Border Patrol Council, told the Washington Examiner that there have been “no new developments whatsoever.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas vowed before Congress last fall to conclude within “a matter of days, not weeks,” if agents were too aggressive in a highly publicized incident that took place as 20,000 Haitian migrants streamed across the Rio Grande from Mexico over a period of days in September. Mounted agents were photographed and filmed attempting to prevent people from walking across the river. The migrants ignored verbal orders to turn around, and the mounted agents rode along the riverbank, where migrants tried to get by them.
One agent was accused by third parties on social media of whipping someone. Before any investigation had been undertaken, top Biden administration officials condemned the federal law enforcement agent. Biden said people were “being strapped” in an “outrageous” way and vowed that “those people will pay.” Mayorkas said he was “horrified” by the images before later admitting that he reacted “without having seen the images” prior to commenting to the media.
A second DHS official said the agents fulfilled their job responsibilities and that if what they did on horseback was wrong, then the Biden administration ought to look at the conduct of mounted agents at police departments across major cities.
“If what they were doing was against policy, then by logic, all mounted horse patrol units in law enforcement in the United States should be disbanded because a show of force along with physically apprehending people is the purpose of mounted units,” the second official said. “The New York Police Department should not have horse units then because they’re too intimidating.”
Both DHS officials pointed to comments made by the photographer who said the pictures were taken out of context.
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The Border Patrol’s horse unit remains on duty in Del Rio.

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