New photos show Border Patrol agents swinging whip And charge your horses Over migrants in Del Rio who were trying to make their way to a camp under an international bridge where thousands of Haitian migrants have sought asylum trying to take refuge.
Our bubble of thought Via Russell Contreras of Nerdshala: Images of Border Patrol agents on horseback riding on Haitian migrants elicited an emotional backlash online as the Border Patrol has a disturbing and violent history against communities of color.
- “One migrant fell as he tried to dodge, others covered their heads with their hands,” El Paso Times writes.
- “Let’s go! Get out now! Go back to Mexico!” shouted an agent.
government officials Del Rio called the situation “unprecedented” and on Sunday the Biden administration launched deportation flights for scores of migrants held there. Evacuation flights are heading to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador and the countries of the Northern Triangle.
- The Department of Homeland Security has also sent 400 agents to Del Rio to assist with the process.
- DHS and Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the images.
CBP did not address the actions of Border Patrol agents But pointed to previous statements where Meyerkas called the crisis a ‘challenging and heartbreaking situation’. said in a press conference on Monday.
state of play: The assassination of the Haitian president, a recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake and worsening poverty have driven thousands of Haitians to Del Rio hoping to enter the US
- Many faced filthy conditions and were forced to cross the Rio Grande River several times each day to access the scorching sun, food and water for several days.
What are they saying: “We don’t have money, we don’t have anything. We spent two months here on foot,” Charles Edirem, who crossed the tent with his wife and daughter, told the El Paso Times.
- “How can I go back to Haiti? If I go back, I might die the next day.”
- “It’s devastating to see this footage. I think it’s important for people to know that what we’re trying to do is also protect people,” said press secretary Jen Psaki. said at the White House briefing. “We’re told this is not the time to come.”
- “Absolutely unacceptable,” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) tweeted on monday. “No matter how challenging the situation in Del Rio is at the moment, nothing justifies violence against migrants seeking asylum in our country.”
Noteworthy: Homeland Security officials have acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon their return to the country due to the country’s state of political instability and violence. according to buzzfeed.