If you haven’t seen the footage of CBP agents riding herd on Haitian migrants on the Texas-Mexico border, you need to. This is a national shame, one of the worst incidents of racist violence by the state in recent decades. This agency is filled with fascists who join it loving the fact that they can beat up people of color.
The White House on Monday criticized the use of horse reins to threaten Haitian migrants after images circulated of a U.S. border guard on horseback charging at migrants near a riverside camp in Texas.
The mostly Haitian migrants in recent days have been crossing back and forth between Ciudad Acuna in Mexico and the sprawling camp across the border in Del Rio to buy food and water, which was in short supply on the U.S. side.
Reuters witnesses saw mounted officers wearing cowboy hats blocking the paths of migrants, and one officer unfurling a cord resembling a lariat, which he swung near a migrant’s face.
A video showing a border guard apparently threatening migrants with the cords was shared on social media.
“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
“I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate,” she added.
Some on social media commented that the image of fleeing Black men chased by white officers on horseback had echoes of the historical injustices suffered by Black people in the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said the incident was being investigated to make sure there was not an “unacceptable” response by law enforcement. He said officers were operating in a difficult environment, trying to ensure the safety of the migrants while searching for potential smugglers.
Smugglers. Sure. That must be the reason. There’s no way to pointlessly try to get drugs or whatever out of the United States other than terrorizing refugees. Makes a lot of sense…..