(Washington) US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said Wednesday that the images showing border police personnel pushing Haitian migrants on horseback at the US-Mexico border do not reflect the identity of the United States or the United States, all that force worked.
In a shot taken by an AFP photographer, a border guard on horseback grabs a man by a shirt on the American side of the Rio Grande River, the natural border between the two countries, near Del Rio, Texas.
On the other hand, he keeps a group at bay by twisting the bridle, in a threatening position, to force them back to Mexico.
Mr. Mayorkas told the House Homeland Security Committee that the photos “do not reflect who we are as a country or what the US Border Police are.”
He noted that he had ordered a survey and promised quick results “within days, not weeks.”
The day before, he announced on Twitter that the clients identified in the photos had been assigned administrative tasks.
These photos, which spread around the world, caused an uproar in the United States, even close allies of President Joe Biden.
“These pictures are making you sick,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
Vice President Kamala Harris called it “scary,” noting that “humans should not be treated this way.”
For some, these immigrants equate to cattle or remember the treatment African Americans suffered by mounted police, prison guards, or slave owners.
The US government is struggling to deal with the sudden and massive influx of thousands of immigrants, including many Haitians, who have huddled under a bridge for days in the small border town of Del Rio, Texas.
The authorities began repatriating them, a decision he also criticized, as the tiny Caribbean nation plunged into a political, security, and humanitarian crisis.
“We have a plan to respond” to the influx of migrants, Mayorcas said. “We apply it, it takes time and we start to see results.”
Thousands of people continued to cross the Rio Grande on Wednesday in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States.
Many Haitians made the trip to the United States from South American countries where they settled after the terrible 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.
A Colombian official said, on Wednesday, that 19,000 immigrants, mostly Haitians, have gathered in the north of the country, on the border with Panama, in an attempt to enter the United States.
Alejandro Mallorcas said discussions were also underway with Latin American countries, such as Chile or Brazil, “to see if they would accept the return of Haitians who come from these countries,” describing the situation as “complicated”.
Although the US government tells immigration candidates that the borders are not open, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday accused the Biden administration and the Democratic “left wing” of encouraging immigrants and “enduring a serious security crisis at the border.”
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