President Biden said he “takes responsibility” for the “horrible” treatment of Haitian migrants and said “there will be consequences” after a video captured Border Patrol agents on horses mistreating crowds of people.
In his remarks, which come days after U.S.’s special envoy to Haiti resigned over the “inhumane” treatment of undocumented people at the southern border, Biden swore that “those people will pay.”
“It was horrible to see. To see people treated like they did, horses nearly running them over, people being strapped. It’s outrageous,” he stated, referring to images that showed agents using reins or whip-like cords in their actions.
Images and videos circulated this week from Del Rio, Texas, where border patrol agents screamed at and put their hands on undocumented Haitian people. Since then, horse patrols have been suspended, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is conducting an investigation on the incident. Since the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse and a devastating earthquake this summer, the U.S. has seen a significant uptick in Haitian citizens seeking refuge here. This week, the Washington Post reported that the Biden administration plans to nearly double the amount of daily deportation flights back to Haiti from four to six to seven.
Ambassador Daniel Foote, the U.S. Haitian ambassador, resigned Wednesday, citing the U.S. ‘s “inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti.”