Biden said border patrol agents would “pay” for the treatment of Haitian migrants. Texas Governor Abbott offered them jobs.


Denouncing their actions as “outrageous,” President Joe Biden vowed there would be consequences for border patrol agents pictured on horseback while swinging the reins and charging Haitian migrants trying to enter the country.

“These people are going to pay,” the president said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, R, on Sunday had a different message for all federal agents who might be in trouble: The Lone Star State has a job waiting for you.

Abbott, appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, said the officers “were just maneuvering horses.” Their actions were necessary, he added, because the Biden administration was failing in one of its most fundamental constitutional duties: “to secure the sovereignty of the United States of America.”

If officers lose their jobs, Abbott said he has a backup waiting for them: “I’ll hire you to help Texas secure our border. “

Abbott’s offer came just over two weeks after most Haitian migrants began flocking to the southern United States border near the Del Rio, Texas border post. Between September 9 and Friday, some 30,000 Haitian migrants attempted to enter the country, surprising and overwhelming immigration officials. A makeshift camp under the international bridge in that city grew by around 15,000 migrants about a week ago.

Since then, federal officials have stepped up resources at the Del Rio port of entry. On Friday, Department of Internal Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that they had expelled all migrants from the camp.

Of the approximately 30,000 migrants who arrived at the border between September 9 and Friday, around 12,400 of them were allowed to seek asylum or some other form of humanitarian protection. Many Haitian migrants who arrived this month had been living in South America for more than a decade since a 2010 earthquake devastated their homeland. As their new Latin American homes became increasingly unstable during the pandemic, they headed north, a few months away and as far away as Chile.

But the Biden administration has already deported thousands more to Haiti without allowing them to make their asylum claims, a public health policy that became controversial in the Trump era. Known as Title 42, the provision, which dates back to 1893, allowed federal officials to quickly deport some Haitians and other migrants from the United States during the pandemic, thereby avoiding the legal process that allows them to seek the asylum.

Some critics have decried the conditions of the Del Rio camp or the way the Biden administration, which promised a more humane approach to immigration than that led by President Donald Trump, quickly deported thousands of Haitian migrants to their country. homeland – even as the country continues to reeling from the assassination of its president in July and a devastating earthquake that claimed more than 2,200 lives last month. But Reuters and Al-Jazeera photos and videos showing U.S. customs and border protection officers on horseback charging, chasing, grabbing and cursing immigrants as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande sparked the most of reactions.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the footage “horrific.” Vice President Kamala Harris called the treatment of migrant officers “horrible” and said she would discuss the matter with Mayorkas.

“Human beings should never be treated this way, and I was deeply troubled by it,” Harris said.

DHS officials have opened an investigation into what happened. Mayorkas told reporters on Friday that the investigation would be fair and the results would be made public.

Wallace, the Fox News host and reporter, hinted at the outcry as he interviewed Abbott on Sunday.

“Governor, even if you think these officers are scapegoats, are you at all disturbed by the images of these officers on horseback very aggressively pushing back Haitian immigrants crossing?” ” He asked.

The governor responded by saying that federal agents “would not have been in this situation if the Biden administration had enforced immigration laws and secured the border in the first place.”

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