A few days after controversial photographs of agents on horses capturing Haitian migrants appear, President Joe Biden decides to ban officials from riding horses while securing the border.
Biden bans horses to secure the border
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily press announcement with reporters: “One, we feel those images are horrible and horrific,” “I can also convey to you that [Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] conveyed to civil rights leaders earlier this morning that we will no longer be using horses in Del Rio.”
Psaki revealed that there was an investigation into this matter.
A DHS spokesperson later stated: “We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily. We’ll prioritize other methods for identifying individuals who might be in medical distress.”
An initial report showed that agents used whips on migrants. Then it later was debunked by Mayorkas and Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz, who indicated that agents used long-term reins to control their horses in tough rivers. Agents will turn or rotate their reins to bring the horse forward as a signal to the horse. So far there have been no images of migrants getting hit by the reins.
However, Mayorkas had changed his mind when the White House condemned the images. He felt horrified and worried. He said he would let the investigation run its course.
Vice President Kamala Harris said she supported an investigation and felt “deeply concerned” by the accusations.
However, the story that the agents used “whips” has continued to attract the attention of left-wing activists and Democrats, who have subsequently thrown the race story into the mix, arguing that Haitians are black.
Biden bans horses, which drew backlash from Republicans
Biden’s decision to ban horses seems not to get a lot of approval. Agents felt truly angry and disappointed by this ban. They thought that it would make patrolling extremely hard along with security while the agents did nothing wrong.
Biden bans horses, which has trigger outrages for many. Hundreds of people show their dissatisfaction with Biden’s move. Hashtags #Bidenbanshorse or #DelRio #Biden flooded Twitter and Biden’s decision has become a hot and controversial topic.
Ronny Lynn Jackson, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’s 13th district tweeted:
“Our border and our country are being INVADED and all Biden wants to do is continue to ATTACK our brave law enforcement officers with the Border Patrol and ban them from using horses. All while continuing to stoke racial tensions. SHAMEFUL and destructive!”
Stephen Miller, an American political advisor who served as a senior policy advisor and White House director of speechwriting to President Donald Trump shared his thoughts.
“We have a wide open border, deadly drugs and contraband streaming through unimpeded, record-smashing numbers of illegal migrants, catastrophic overcrowding in the heart of a pandemic, and Team Biden’s response is to…ban horses.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) posted on Twitter to express their opinion.
Days it took the Biden Admin to ban horses from the border: FOUR
Days it took the Biden Admin to fix the border crisis: STILL HASN’T HAPPENED
@JoeBiden has no idea what he’s doing. #BidenBorderCrisis
Biden bans horses at the U.S.-Mexico border. Is it a smart decision?
NRCC spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair said, “The Biden Administration needs to fix the border crisis it created.”.
Biden bans horses comes as border patrol officers attempt to keep up with a raging wave of illegal immigration at the southern border. According to federal data, more than 200,000 illegal immigrants were confronted by border patrol agents only in August.
In September, agents were even harder pressed by the approximately 15,000 Haitian immigrants camping at the Texas border town of Del Rio.
The encampment has caused controversy for the Biden administration and has increased strain on border patrol.
In a recent interview, the head of the Border Patrol union, Brandon Judd, revealed to The Center Square that the majority of illegal immigrants arrested were later released into the United States.
Judd also said that of the roughly 200,000 arrests made by border patrol, “they are probably dealing with 120,000 people because sometimes the same person or people get arrested multiple times. Of those, exactly 60-68 percent are being released [into the community]… The majority are not being deported or deported. Most are being released into the United States. “
Border patrol agents can suffer both mentally and physically challenging, especially when a surge of illegal immigrants towards the U.S.- Mexico border. If agents swinging their reins toward immigrants at the border is the truth, those who did that should be punished instead of banning horses. That treatment of Haitian migrants in Del Rio wouldn’t be acceptable and inappropriate.
Currently, the number of immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico hit a new record high in more than two decades, but whether Biden’s decision to ban horses is an effective way to stop illegal migrants from entering the United States. Or is it a way to roll out the red carpet for migrants to enter America? Biden bans Border Patrol from using horses, which is truly disappointing.
Biden hasn’t done enough to stop migrants from reaching the US-Mexico border, and Biden’s border policies have contributed to the rise in illegal border crossings. Obviously, Biden bans horses faster than dealing with the border crisis. We don’t think that Biden banning horses is a smart decision. Biden should do more to address the border crisis rather than banning horses.
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What do you think about Biden’s decision? Do you agree with his ban? Feel free to let us know in the comment.