Authorities do not expect to discipline Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees for allegedly mistreating illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico perimeter on Sept. 27.
Internal officials doubt any CBP agent on horseback will face serious repercussions for allegedly hitting migrants at Del Rio, 240 miles southwest of Austin. BL understands they will only be stood down with pay for multiple days.
“Either you are riding the horse or taking care of the horse, and that is what they are doing for the last few days … looking after the horses,” one official said according to Fox News.
The remarks came after the Department of Homeland Security suspended horse use at the southern border. The decision came after photographs and videos circulated on the internet, showing what appear to be CBP agents strapping Haitian asylum seekers. BL can reveal the whips mainstream media referred to were actually horse reins.
Several Biden administration officials became furious at the images, claiming they depict inhumane treatment of the poor, hungry, and vulnerable migrants.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (D) launched an investigation, promising disciplinary measures if professional standards were breached.
President Joe Biden backed the investigation and promised there would be more humane border policies.
“I promise you, those people will pay,” he said in a statement. “There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences.”
Some footage seemingly shows one mounted CBP agent using indecent language against one Haitian.
“This is why your country is [expletive] because you use your women for this!” the agent can be heard saying in the Twitter video.
“This is why your country’s shit, because you use your women for this!” — mounted Border Patrol officer to Haitian migrant he was riding down, as he sheltered with his family.— John Holman (@johnholman100) September 20, 2021
One of the scenes we saw on the Rio Grande. Watch our video:
Full report:https://t.co/V4KeMobCfs pic.twitter.com/UdUcC7B5IS
The CBP agent is unlikely to face disciplinary action since “yelling at people is not a crime,” according to the broadcaster.