Border Patrol agents may be charged over debunked whipping incident

Leftists were outraged last fall after images that appeared to show Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping illegal migrants along the southern border.

Although an investigation later revealed the “whips” to were actually reins, the Daily Caller has reported that the agents involved are still facing charges. 

CBP debunks whipping claim

The website noted that last week, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus made clear that an investigation debunked claims that illegal immigrants from Haiti were being whipped by Border Patrol personnel.

“Whips are not part of Border Patrol training or equipment,” Magnus was quoted as saying. He noted that there is no evidence that the agents ever struck migrants, whether by accident or design.

However, that hasn’t stopped U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from proposing charges against the individuals involved.

Charges for “poor judgment” and “unsafe conduct” suggested

Documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show the first charge is for exhibiting “poor judgment” by telling to migrants “to go back to Mexico, or words to that effect.”

The second charge is for engaging in “unsafe conduct” by directing a horse “in a way that caused a noncitizen to fall backward into the Rio Grande River … thereby compromising the safety of the noncitizen, yourself, and your horse.”

“You knew or should have known that using your horse to block a noncitizen from exiting the water at the boat ramp created an unsafe situation, particularly for the noncitizen, but also for you and your horse,” it continued.

“We consider that your misconduct received significant media attention and had a negative impact on the reputation of the Agency,” the charging document concluded.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported last Friday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) demanded that President Joe Biden apologize for having “smeared” the reputation of Border Patrol agents when he accused them of having “strapped” illegal border crossers.

“Our brave Border Patrol Agents work to secure our border every day despite the fact that President Biden makes their mission more difficult and more dangerous because of his unconscionable support for a wide-open southern border,” McCarthy said in a statement provided to the network.

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