Horseback Border Patrol units who were accused of whipping Haitian migrants with horse reins were reassigned to desk duties while officials investigate the incident, Fox News reported on Wednesday.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the agents were using long reins to control their horses during a Monday news conference.
He added that the investigation is expected to conclude within days, rather than weeks, according to Fox News.
“We have ensured that the individuals during the pendency of the investigation are not conducting law enforcement duties to interact with migrants, but rather are conducting only administrative duties,” Mayorkas said.
“The facts will drive the actions that we take,” Mayorkas added.
“We ourselves will pull no punches and we need to conduct this investigation thoroughly, but very quickly. It will be completed in days, if not weeks.”
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“This is why your country’s shit, because you use your women for this!” — mounted Border Patrol officer to Haitian migrant he was riding down, as he sheltered with his family.
One of the scenes we saw on the Rio Grande. Watch our video:
— John Holman (@johnholman100) September 20, 2021
The agents use long reins to control the horses and are careful not to injure migrants or others on the ground, Mayorkas said.
Some Democrats and media outlets referred to the Border Patrol’s split reins as “whips” and said they were using them against migrants, Fox News reported.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out against “the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said she supports an investigation into whether the Border Patrol unit was using their reins in an inappropriate way, the DCNF reported.
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