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Live updates: Biden vows action for treatment of Haitian migrants; Mayorkas says migrants gone from bridge camp

  • September 24, 2021

drew widespread outrage.

“It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question at the White House.

The remarks, which came after Biden talked about the rollout of booster shoots for those most at risk for the coronavirus, were his first extended comments about the issue since the images emerged.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is already conducting an investigation that he has said will be completed by next week.

The administration has also temporarily suspended horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas.

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In op-ed, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke criticizes White House on Haitian migrants

Former Texas Congressman and candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Beto O’Rourke wrote an op-ed criticizing the Biden administration’s response to thousands of Haitian migrants seeking asylum in El Paso, Texas this week.

“What happened on the Texas-Mexico border over the last week was years in the making,” he wrote in an article published Friday in El Paso Matters.

O’Rourke listed the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, dangerous conditions in South American countries where some migrants lived amid the pandemic and the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in July among the reasons migrants finally sought refuge at the U.S. border.

Mexican government cracks down on Haitian migrants in Ciudad Acuña

Thousands of Haitian migrants gather in Del Rio, Texas seeking asylum to US

‘We just run’: Raids, arrests of Haitian migrants continue in Mexico, some admonish treatmentthe cruelty and callousness their enslaved ancestors endured.

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— Javonte Anderson

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— Natalia E. Contreras and Omar Ornelas

Republicans respond to Biden’s remarks

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., called Biden “disgraceful” in a tweet after the president’s Friday morning comments promising consequences for the federal agents shown on horseback running near Haitian migrants.

“Instead of maintaining the policies that worked and giving Border Patrol the resources they need to deal with the humanitarian and national security crisis he created, he is blaming them for a fake controversy created by the radical left and complicit media,” Johnson tweeted.

“The White House is using a single encounter at the Texas border to scapegoat law enforcement and deflect criticism from its immigration failure,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted Friday.

— Rick Rouan

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