President Biden on Friday said that federal agents on horseback who twirled long reins near Haitians illegally crossing the US-Mexico border “will pay” for their actions.
Customs and Border Protection agents photographed with the long reins are on desk duty this week pending an investigation — as Democrats claim they were “whipping” migrants. Some agents and former border officials said the twirling motion appeared to be a tactic to steer horses.
“It was horrible what you see, what you saw — to see people treated like they did, with horses barely running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said at the White House in response to a reporter’s question.
“There’s an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. It’s beyond an embarrassment. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world. It sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”
The Associated Press estimated that there were 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants gathered under and around a bridge near Del Rio, Texas, on Saturday. Nearly 2,000 people have been returned to Haiti since Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. Others have been released into the US and ordered to report to future immigration hearings.