Mayorkas also condemned the scenes in numerous photos and video depicting Border Patrol agents on horseback grabbing Haitian migrants trying to cross into the U.S., which led the Biden administration to halt agents’ use of horses in Del Rio on Thursday.
“Those images painfully conjured up the worst elements of our nation’s ongoing battle against systemic racism,” Mayorkas said, adding that they “raised serious questions about what occurred.”
The DHS has launched an investigation into the events that were captured in the photos and video, Mayorkas said. The agents involved have been assigned to administrative duties and are not interacting with migrants while the investigation is being conducted, he added.
Earlier Friday, President Joe Biden slammed the Border Patrol agents for their treatment of the Haitian migrants in Del Rio, vowing they will face consequences for their actions.
“It’s horrible what you saw. To see people like they did, with horses, running them over, people being strapped, it’s outrageous,” Biden said at the White House.
“I promise you, those people will pay. There is an investigation underway right now, and there will be consequences,” he said.
When asked about the president’s vow that the agents would be punished, Mayorkas said he is going to “let the investigation run its course.”
“I know the president was echoing sentiments of the American public response, images and what those images suggest, but I want to speak to the fact that this investigation will be based on facts that the investigators learn,” Mayorkas said.
Article source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/24/no-migrants-remain-at-camp-under-bridge-in-del-rio-texas-.html