White House: ‘Horrific’ to see border agents on horses chasing Haitian migrants, should ‘never’ happen

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Washington – photos showing US Customs and Border Patrol agents are chasing Haitian migrants White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday the US-Mexico border on horseback are “terrible”, adding more details on the situation are needed.

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“I’ve seen some of the footage, I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would suit it, but I don’t have additional details, and of course, … I don’t think that Anyone viewing the footage would consider it acceptable or appropriate,” Psaki said Monday at a White House press briefing.

CBP agents accused the migrants of carrying only food and water and clothing on their backs as they tried to scramble on the American side of the river.

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“Let’s go! Get out now! Go back to Mexico!” The agent shouted. While trying to escape the agent’s whip, a man stumbled and fell.

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Asked whether Border Patrol agents should be fired or allowed to do it again, Saki said: “Of course they’ll never be able to do it again, I don’t know what the circumstances will be, it’s not clear. Frightening footage, I don’t have much information about it, so allow me to do that and we’ll see if there’s anything more to tell.”

US Customs and Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering a camp off the coast of the Rio Grande near the Acua del Rio International Bridge on September 19, 2021 in Del Rio, Texas.

A camp of more than 10,000 migrants crossing the Rio Grande at the low point between Ciudad Acua, Mexico, and Del Rio, Texas, waits under the international bridge in Del Rio to open an asylum claim. US and Mexican officials warned on Sunday that those in the camp would be deported back to Haiti.

“We are in the middle of a pandemic and a significant migration challenge,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas told reporters Monday. “We continue to exercise Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention) Title 42 authorization.”

Title 42 allows CBP to evacuate undocumented migrants To stop the spread of COVID-19. It is “not an immigration authority, but a public health authority,” Meyerkas said.

Contributions: Rebecca Morin; Martha Pskovski, El Paso Times



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