Photos and video of U.S. Border Patrol brokers on horseback grabbing and chasing down Haitian migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border have prompted the Division of Homeland Safety to launch an investigation into the matter, the company mentioned on Twitter.
On Monday, D.H.S. mentioned in a tweet that it has reviewed footage rising from the border and takes the allegations of abuse in opposition to migrants “very severely.”
“The footage is extraordinarily troubling, and the info discovered from the complete investigation, which will probably be performed swiftly, will outline the suitable disciplinary actions to be taken,” D.H.S. mentioned.
The Workplace of Skilled Duty will lead the probe, and it’ll additionally deploy personnel to the border, the place 1000’s of Haitians have poured into the city of Del Rio, Texas, in current days, dwelling in a brief camp and hoping to hunt asylum in the US.
The announcement of the investigation follows the publication of scenes from alongside the Rio Grande depicting what seems to be Border Patrol officers mounted on horseback chasing, grabbing and intimidating migrants, utilizing their horses to bodily block them from crossing additional into the US. In a single video recorded by Al Jazeera English, an agent could be heard utilizing an expletive as he makes use of his horse to dam and steer migrants again towards the river.
Jen Psaki, White Home press secretary, referred to as the footage “horrific.”
Talking from Del Rio, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety, issued a warning to Haitians making an attempt to enter the US, saying that safety has been prolonged for individuals who arrived earlier than July 29. That safety doesn’t prolong to new arrivals.
“We’re very involved that Haitians who’re taking this irregular migration path are receiving false data that the border is open or that short-term protected standing is offered,” he mentioned throughout a information convention. “I need to guarantee that it’s identified that this isn’t the way in which to return to the US.”