With 12,000+ migrants congregating near a Texas-Mexico bridge, the US has taken aggressive steps to deter future migrants.
In a tense Sunday encounter on the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas, several US border patrol agents charged Haitian migrants with horses and tried to push them back to the river towards Mexico, according to the El Paso Times. (A Washington Post article contradicted early reports of agents carrying whips.)
One agent shouted, “Let’s go! Get out now! Back to Mexico!”
Homeland Security officials vowed to investigate the incident and have sent internal oversight personnel to Del Rio. “We are committed to processing migrants in a safe, orderly, and humane way,” the agency said in a statement. “We can and must do this in a way that ensures the safety and dignity of migrants.”
The government began rapidly returning Haitians to Port-au-Prince on Sunday, flying 320 migrants home on Sunday in 3 flights with 6 flights expected today, the AP reports.
Related: Why is the Biden administration turning its back on asylum seekers? The Hill (commentary)