Thursday, September 23, 2021

US halting use of horses in Texas border town after pictures stir outcry

horses in Texas border town

The US will no longer use horses to patrols the border town of Del Rio in the state of Texas amid a mass influx of predominantly Haitian refugees, the White House announced Thursday.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the policy change after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conveyed it to rights leaders privately during a telephone call earlier Thursday.

"That is a policy change that has been made in response" to vocal outcry, said Psaki.

Images emerged over the weekend appearing to show border agents using horse reins or rope-like whips as they forcefully attempted to disperse Haitian immigrants, prompting widespread condemnation from critics who said they do not reflect the "more humane" immigration policies promised by President Joe Biden.

The Department of Homeland Security also acknowledged the visuals are "extremely troubling," and pledged to investigate.

Biden has faced mounting criticism from fellow Democrats and rights groups for the situation in Del Rio where thousands of migrants have formed an encampment under a bridge. The administration has already begun the process to deport some of those at the site...




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