Border patrol agents criticized for treatment of Haitian migrants in Del Rio as U.S. tries to dissuade more from coming



The Texas Tribune


RIO 一 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday sent a message to migrants, particularly Haitians, attempting to enter the country through the southwest border.

“People coming to the United States illegally will be returned, your journey will not succeed,” he declared.

Mayorkas’ comments in Del Rio come as lawmakers and immigrants rights advocates denounced the treatment of some Haitians by Border Patrol agents. Images and videos taken by journalists and widely shared on social media show agents on horseback charging and herding migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande, including an agent swinging his reins toward a migrant.

On Monday, Mayorkas denied that agents whipped anyone but said officials would “investigate the facts.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki denounced the agent’s actions at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

“I don’t think anyone seeing

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