Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Sunday that he will hire any of the Border Patrol agents who have been accused of whipping Haitian migrants at the southern border if they are terminated by the Biden administration.
“If he takes any action against them whatsoever — I have worked side by side with those Border Patrol agents — I want them to know something. If they are risk of losing their job by a president who is abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in the state of Texas. I will hire you to help Texas secure our border,” Abbott said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
Last week, viral images showed Border Patrol agents mounted on horseback blocking Haitian migrants from entering the U.S.
The agents were initially accused of using “whips” on the migrants but officials and agents have denied those claims. They said that long reins were used to control the horse and deter people from getting too close to it and that nobody was struck.
The photographer who took the pictures also said he never saw border agents whipping any of the migrants.
Paul Ratje said he traveled Friday to Del Rio, Texas but the photos that sparked controversy were taken from the Mexican side of the border. “Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses,” Ratje told the NBC affiliate.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” Ratje said. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
A Border Patrol agent can be seen spinning his rein in one video, but no contact was made with the immigrant approaching the horse. A Border Patrol agent told Townhall reporter Julio Rosas that agents use their reins for a lot of reasons.
“Primarily it’s used to steer the horse, but agents will also spin them sometimes to deter people from getting too close to the horse…We are not aware of anyone being struck with the reins,” said the agent.
This is an excerpt from Townhall.
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