Texas border patrol agents accused of “whipping” Haitian migrants are set to be part of a disciplinary proposal by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
According to a report by Fox News, not only are the agents facing disciplinary action, the entire issue might be part of a mistake since some of those accusing the agents of the action were confusing the reigns of the horse with whips that they are accused of beating migrants with.
Although the specifics of the sanctions have not been made public, a source informed Fox News that CBP will soon make public the findings of the administrative probe.
When officials were wrongly accused of whipping the migrants in the Del Rio Sector in Texas last year, the agency earned headlines.
On Twitter, there were pictures of the officials attempting to stop immigrants from entering the country and, in one instance, snatching an immigrant’s clothing.
As some media outlets and Democratic politicians mistook the agents’ split reins, which they use and twirl to control and lead the horse, for “whips,” they incorrectly claimed the agents were using them on the migrants, which caused the dispute to flare up.
Both Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden offered their opinions. Biden increased the pressure on the hounded agents by repeating the untrue allegations of whipping and also hinted at what he thought the investigation’s conclusion would be.
“To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped – it’s outrageous,” Biden told reporters, making a whipping motion with his hand.
“I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
The case has since been transferred to DHS’ Office of Professional Responsibility after the Office of Inspector General decided against filing criminal charges against the agents.
According to the source, a CBP announcement about the investigation’s results is “imminent.”