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Border Patrol agents to be disciplined for horseback 'whipping' incident

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/15/2022 Anna Giaritelli

The Border Patrol is preparing to discipline agents whom Biden administration officials accused of “whipping” Haitian migrants while on horseback in Del Rio, Texas, last September, the Washington Examiner has learned.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that investigated the incident, will accuse the horse patrol agents of “administrative violations,” according to a senior agency official who confirmed an earlier report from Fox News.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST BORDER PATROL 'WHIPPING' COIN SELLER

CBP initiated an investigation after images of the altercation were seized on by Democrats and provoked national outrage. The migrants were attempting to cross the border illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General declined to investigate, indicating that it had not found any criminal actions were taken by the agents, kicking it back down to CBP investigators. Nearly nine months later, CBP has yet to release the results of its in-house investigation, and the employees involved remain on desk duty.

Mounted Border Patrol agents attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande. Felix Marquez/AP © Provided by Washington Examiner Mounted Border Patrol agents attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande. Felix Marquez/AP

The administration promised a quick review of the incident, but the lack of a conclusion vindicating or convicting mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio for their behavior in preventing Haitian migrants from illegally crossing into the United States in September prompted suspicion among DHS officials.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas vowed before Congress last fall to conclude within "a matter of days, not weeks" if agents were proven to be too aggressive.

 

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