Abbott says Texas will hire border patrol officers punished by Biden

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the Lone Star State would hire any border patrol officers who fear dismissal after President Biden said they would “pay” for their treatment of Haitians at the border , amid false claims that they were using their horses’ reins as whips. .

“You have a job in the state of Texas. I’m going to hire you to help Texas secure our border, ”Abbott, a Republican, said on“ Fox News Sunday ”.

He said the Biden administration put border patrol officers in a difficult position because it failed to enforce the country’s immigration laws and secure the border.

“The person who took these photos said the Democrats’ characterization of the border patrol using them as whips, whipping people crossing the border is wrong. They were just maneuvering horses, ”Abbott continued.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would hire border patrol officers who fear President Biden’s retaliation for the treatment of migrants at the border.
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Photos of the US-Mexico border have sparked outrage from some officers depicting officers using riding reins as whips against migrants.
Photos of the US-Mexico border have sparked outrage from some officers depicting officers using riding reins as whips against migrants.
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The photographer, Paul Ratije, confirmed that it was indeed about reigns but understands how the viewer could be mistaken.
The photographer, Paul Ratije, confirmed that it was indeed about reigns but understands how the viewer could be mistaken.
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He said if officers risked losing their jobs because of a “president abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in Texas.”

Images released last week showed border patrol officers on horseback guiding their horses to prevent Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande River near Del Rio, Texas, and Democrats seized the photos to accuse officers of ‘use the reins as whips.

Photographer Paul Ratije admitted that officers were ‘swinging’ the reins, but said “it can be misinterpreted when you look at the photo”.

Abbott said the Biden administration put border patrol officers in a difficult position because it failed to enforce the country's immigration laws.
Abbott said the Biden administration put border patrol officers in a difficult position because it failed to enforce the country’s immigration laws.
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An American patroller grabs the shirt of a migrant trying to return to the United States along the Rio Grande.
An American patroller grabs the shirt of a migrant trying to return to the United States along the Rio Grande.
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The U.S. Border Patrol watches as migrants enter the United States through the Rio Grande River.
The U.S. Border Patrol watches as migrants enter the United States through the Rio Grande River.
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“I never saw them whip anyone with the thing,” he said.

Biden called their use of the reins an “embarrassment” and said an investigation was underway.

“It was horrible what you see, what you saw – to see people treated the way they did, with horses almost crushing them and people tied up. It’s scandalous. I promise you these people will pay, ”he said last Friday.

A border patrol officer on horseback attempts to prevent a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande on September 19, 2021.
A border patrol officer on horseback attempts to prevent a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande on September 19, 2021.
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Abbott said the administration’s inability to control the border left him with no options.

“I will step up and do whatever I need to do to make sure I protect the people of Del Rio, as well as all those other communities in the state of Texas that the Biden administration is ignoring,” he said. on Fox News.

“The Biden administration cares much more about people who are not in this country than it does about the people – American citizens who live in this country. And I will step up and support the citizens of the United States of America, ”Abbott said.


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