DEL RIO, Texas — The Department of Homeland Security suspended the use of horse patrols in Del Rio, CNN and other news outlets reported Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, “U.S. Border Patrol agents tied to images showing aggressive tactics on Haitian immigrants have been placed on administrative duties pending an investigation.”
The AP also reported, “There was no sign in photos and videos viewed by The Associated Press that the mounted agents were carrying whips or using their reins as such when confronting the migrants.”
Agents were seen on horseback intercepting and blocking migrants. Based on a review of images and video, the AP reported no evidence that agents struck the migrants. However, the AP did report verbal taunts.
Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday said the images horrified him.
Mayorkas said, “We do not tolerate any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant. Period.”
At the same time, the White House faced sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of an influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border.
Republicans were also harsh but for a different reason. They said President Biden has not done enough to stop illegal immigration.
“A crisis that began at the southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens,” a group of Republican governors said in a statement.