Texas Others were joined by Attorney General Ken Paxton Republicans in the draft to the outstanding Democratsincluding the president, to apologize to the four border guards who were cleared of flogging migrants.
In September 2021, four Border Patrol agents were falsely accused of beating a group of Haitian migrants at the southern border.
A 500-page report released by Customs and Border Protection this week revealed that the narrative surrounding the whipping allegations, which were perpetuated The White House was false.
During an appearance on “Hannity” Friday, Paxton said, “It was political, without a doubt. And it’s very unfortunate for these border guards who have given their lives to protect our border and protect Americans.”
The Prosecutor General continued: “And here they are punished, they should be rewarded. They need to be protected. Instead, their careers could be ruined and they would be humiliated in front of the entire American public.”
Paxton told Greg Jarrett, who was filling in for Sean Hannity, “I just think it’s really wrong. I would expect that instead, Joe Biden and some of these political leaders should come out and apologize to these guys for what they’ve been through.”
Images of agents on the banks of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texascaused a humanitarian protest and a strong reaction from Biden, who called on the officers to “pay” for the treatment of Haitians.
On Facebook, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also called on Democrats to apologize.
In a statement, McCarthy said, “Our brave Border Patrol agents work every day to secure our border, despite President Biden making their mission more difficult and dangerous because of his unscrupulous support for a wide-open southern border.”
Paxton told Greg Jarrett, “I would expect that instead, Joe Biden and some of these political leaders should come out and apologize to these guys for what they’ve been through.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the Border Patrol agents were “slandered by President Biden, Vice President Harris and their allies in the media — and they should all apologize to these Border Patrol agents.” While Rep. Tony Gonzalez, R-Texas, said, “I will not tolerate a politicized narrative against our Border Patrol agents.”
He continued, “Their reputations have been tarnished by President Biden, Vice President Harris and their allies in the media — and they all owe these Border Patrol agents an apology.”
The statement said: “These agents were cleared of criminal wrongdoing months ago, but instead of admitting their mistake, the Biden administration is doubling down on baseless attacks on these agents to perpetuate their open border agenda.”
“Rather than denigrate the men and women tasked with protecting our border, President Biden should give them the tools they need and deserve to secure our southern border once and for all.”
Texas Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez also said, “I will not tolerate a politicized narrative against our Border Patrol agents. Instead of playing political games, it is critical that this administration focus on the most important task of all—securing our southern border.”
A 500-page report released by Customs and Border Protection on Friday said the agents acted unprofessionally, unsafely and used unnecessary force, but concluded that they did not beat the migrants with leashes.
The findings of the investigation come as the US is still grappling with an influx of migrants across the border and reports of declining law enforcement morale.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said the disciplinary investigation is still ongoing, but would not disclose details of the action taken. He also did not name the employees involved.
The report described “unprofessional or dangerous behavior” by the agents toward the Haitians, including yelling profanities and insults related to the migrant’s national origin.
It also said agents used unnecessary force against migrants trying to return to the United States with food.
One agent on horseback was found to have grabbed the man and turned him around.
Customs and Border Protection Disciplines Four Horse Agents Falsely Accused of Beating Haitian Migrants in September 2021
The images, taken in September 2021, caused a storm and a strong reaction from Biden, who called on them to “pay” for the treatment of Haitians
According to the report, one of the agents “acted dangerously by chasing the man he was yelling at along the river bank, forcing his horse to maneuver around the small child in a restricted manner.”
The report notes that the incident occurred when Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials also requested assistance from the Border Patrol. The lack of clear command led agents to improperly follow DPS instructions to prevent migrants from crossing the river back into the United States.
“The report found that there were failures to make good decisions at various levels of the organization,” Magnus said in a statement on Friday.
“The failure of command and control of mounted patrol units, the lack of appropriate policies and training, and the overall chaotic nature of the situation in Del Rio at the time contributed to the incident.”
Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy said Friday that the report was proof that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “doesn’t deserve to be in charge” of his department.
“Today we learned what we knew all along – the accused border guards in Del Rio did nothing wrong,” Roy said in a press statement.
“But this administration can’t pass up a chance to destroy the morale of our overworked, hard-working Border Patrol for political gain, and it took disciplinary action anyway to end one of the most despicable displays of leadership any Cabinet secretary has seen.”
Migrants often crossed into Mexico to bring food and supplies that were in short supply at the makeshift camp under the bridge.
Initial reports said the migrants were being “beaten”, but the claim was quickly debunked.
It was later revealed that the agents were twirling long reins to control the horses, rather than raising leather straps to beat the migrants.
Up to 15,000 migrants camped under and around the Del Rio International Bridge, using the dam to cross the border between the Mexican and US sides.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said the disciplinary investigation is still ongoing, would not release details of the actions taken, or name the officers involved.
Up to 15,000 migrants have set up camp under and around the Del Rio International Bridge, using the dam to cross the Mexico-U.S. border
The squalid and bare conditions of the camp drew outrage from both Republican lawmakers and progressive activist groups.
About 8,000 were quickly deported in the following weeks under a COVID-era order known as Section 42.
In November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers.
In September, Mayorkas said the investigation would be completed in “days, not weeks.”
But since then, the Border Patrol’s Office of Personal Responsibility has been reviewing the photos and interviewing witnesses and agents.
On Thursday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said he authorized the Texas National Guard and state authorities to “detain” migrants and bring them to the border with Mexico.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said migrant detention is a federal issue and accused Abbott of meddling.
Magnus said in an earlier statement that the “hateful images” on the “deeply offensive” coins angered him and distracted from the core work of the Border Patrol.