The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has sent out disciplinary proposals for border agents on horseback accused of “whipping” Haitian migrants in Texas last year, an event that caused a firestorm among lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Details of the punishments have not been released but CBP is expected to imminently announce the results of the administrative investigation, a source told Fox News.
The agency made headlines last year when agents were falsely accused of whipping the migrants along the Del Rio Sector in Texas.
Images circulated on Twitter of the agents trying to block migrants from entering the U.S., and in one case grabbing a migrant’s shirt.
The DHS’s initial announcement that they plan to take punitive action against multiple agents evoked fury among Border Patrol agents, who see it as just another attack on a group with already low morale among agents seeing a politicized investigation, hoping to deliver a beneficial outcome for the White House, even at cost to the department as a whole.
One agent described it as “f—ing bull—t.”
“What we’re seeing right now is the executive branch weaponizing the Office of Professional Responsibility to go after what President Biden perceives as political opponents,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“He doesn’t like the Border Patrol. He has never liked the mission of the Border Patrol. And now he is going after these agents because he panders to open border activists. This should never happen in this country.”
The controversy escalated as some media outlets and Democratic lawmakers misidentified the agents’ split reins, which they use and twirl to control and direct the horse — and falsely claimed the agents were using “whips” on the migrants.
Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden also weighed in, with Biden increasing the pressure on the besieged agents by repeating the false claims of whipping, and also previewed what he hoped would be the outcome of the investigation.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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