Photographs 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 stated on Twitter.
On Monday, D.H.S. stated in a tweet that it has reviewed footage rising from the border and takes the allegations of abuse in opposition to migrants “very critically.”
“The footage is extraordinarily troubling, and the information realized from the complete investigation, which might be performed swiftly, will outline the suitable disciplinary actions to be taken,” D.H.S. stated.
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, living in a temporary camp and hoping to hunt asylum in the USA.
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 USA. In a single video recorded by Al Jazeera English, an agent can be heard using an expletive as he makes use of his horse to dam and steer migrants again towards the river.
Jen Psaki, White Home press secretary, called the footage “horrific.”
Speaking 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 USA, saying that safety has been prolonged for many who arrived earlier than July 29. That safety doesn’t lengthen 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 out there,” he stated throughout a information convention. “I need to guarantee that it’s recognized that this isn’t the best way to come back to the USA.”