On Tuesday, according to The Hill, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents confronting Haitian migrants while on horseback in the wake of several images and videos showing the situation.
Harris expressing shock over the new crisis along America’s southern border is in some ways odd, as she’s the one who is supposed to be overseeing it — a task, in many’s opinion, she has failed miserably at getting a handle on.
The incident occurred near Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants have amassed under a bridge while living in conditions of squalor, presumably with the hopes of eventually entering the United States under President Joe Biden’s ultra-lax immigration policies.
Whips or reins?
Some Democrats and members of the mainstream media have accused the Border Patrol agents of using “whips” to stop more migrants from illegally crossing the Rio Grande — a claim that is utterly and ridiculously false.
From @elpasotimes: As the Haitians tried to climb onto the U.S. side of the river Sunday afternoon, a border agent shouted: “Let’s go! Get out now! Back to Mexico!”
The agent swung his whip menacingly, charging his horse toward the men in the river.https://t.co/DejaoSQKwI
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 20, 2021
However, National Border Patrol Council Vice President Art Del Cueto explained to Fox News that the long pieces of leather shown in photographs were in fact reins, which for the uninformed, are used as steering devices for horses.
“They don’t carry whips”
“They were not whipping anyone,” Del Cueto told the hosts of Fox News’ America Reports on Tuesday. “They don’t carry whips. They don’t get assigned whips.”
“What they do is a training technique that has been shown to them to make sure that no one takes over their horse,” Del Cueto explained. He added: “It was to protect the horse, to protect the rider, and to protect the individual that was trying to cause chaos and knock down that rider from that horse.”
However, that didn’t stop Harris from condemning the agents, with The Hill quoting her as calling for an investigation into the matter while adding that “human beings should never be treated that way, and I’m deeply troubled about it.”
Critics speak up
Notably, Harris clearly hasn’t found the time to see for herself what’s happening in Del Rio, despite President Biden having tasked her with addressing America’s ongoing border crisis, as Fox News previously reported.
Harris’ absence was noted by Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano (D), who complained on Twitter that Harris found time to attend a football game at Howard University but couldn’t be bothered to visit his community amid the developing crisis.
“The VP is able to visit the fun events across the country, while American communities continue to grapple with failed immigration reform,” Lozano tweeted. “Where is the visit to Del Rio, TX?”