Thursday, December 9

US stops using horses to patrol Haitians crossing the border with Mexico


Horses near the Rio Grande on the border of the United States and Mexico.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. government announced Thursday la temporary suspension of the use of horses to patrol the border area with Mexico, through which thousands of migrants, mostly Haitians, have crossed in recent weeks.

The measure responds to the strong criticism that the Government of President Joe Biden has received after disseminating images in which Border Patrol agents on horseback harass migrants and, in one case, they are apparently beaten with what appears to be a whip.

“The secretary (of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas) told civil rights leaders this morning that we will no longer use horses in Del Rio,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at her daily press conference.

Del Río is the city of Texas, on the border with Mexico, where thousands of migrants arrived this month, mostly Haitians, who concentrated in a camp in that area and to whom the United States Government has already begun to deport them. Haiti.

The images of mistreatment of migrants Border Patrol agents have sparked a wave of criticism of the Biden government, whose Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has opened an investigation into what happened.

Suspension of the use of horses to patrol the border in Del Río is temporary

A DHS source cited by the CNN chain clarified that the use of horses to patrol the border in Del Río has been “temporarily suspended”, not permanently, and that “priority will be given to other methods to identify people who may have medical problems ”among migrants crossing.

Numerous activists and Democratic politicians have also denounced that the Biden government is massively deporting migrants to Haiti, a country mired in a deep political crisis and marked by insecurity.

In addition, the controversy over the situation on the border provoked this Thursday the resignation of the United States special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote, who resigned in protest of the “inhumane treatment” of the US Government to Haitian migrants and the fact that they are deported to a country with as many problems as Haiti.

Biden’s spokeswoman alleged on Thursday that “they are not deportations” because “people are not entering the country by legal means”, despite the fact that that term is usually used to describe the expulsions of undocumented immigrants.

Psaki said that “there are less than 5,000 migrants” in the Del Río area, where around three times that number came to concentrate in a makeshift camp under an international bridge that connected the city with Mexico.

Since last September 19, said Psaki, “14,101 Haitian citizens” have been expelled to Haiti in 12 flights, and another 3,206 Haitians have left the Del Rio camp and are in the custody of the border authorities, whose objective is to expel them from the country based on various regulations.

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