At the White House press breifing Monday, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki was left blindsided concerning the Haitian migrant state of affairs that developed over the weekend.
Thousands of the Haitian migrants have been hiding out below the International Bridge on the Texas border as of final week. Video on the southern border launched Saturday exhibits a whole lot of “unchecked” vacationers crossing the Rio Grande into the United States with no authorities by any means in sight.
It was a state of affairs that led the Biden administration to ship extra federal brokers to the United States-Mexico border space in query to resolve.
Today that spilled over. “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is satisfied that Border Patrol is whipping Haitian migrants.
But reporters who really talk with CBP can attest that this assertion is not true in any respect. Julio Rosas of Townhall has spent a big period of time this previous 12 months overlaying the border disaster below the Biden administration.
Rosas’ sources defined the state of affairs: “Agents use their reins for a lot of reasons. Primarily it’s used to steer the horse, but agents will also spin them sometimes to deter people from getting too close to the horse …We are not aware of anyone being struck with the reins.”
This in response to the notion that Border Patrol brokers are purportedly “whipping” Haitian migrants.
In a follow-up assertion, Rosas states outright that the claims are “not true because BP agents are not issued whips. And from what I’ve seen, it looks like an agent was using his rein to ward off people to prevent them from getting too close to the horse and from potentially getting stepped on by the horse.”
A border agent advised Peter Hasson of Fox News Digital: “We do not carry whips and the only thing I see in their hands is reins.”
But the Biden White House did not get the memo. As demonstrated by the responses made to this incident by White House press secretary Psaki.
A reporter asks: “There are photographs and reports of border agents on horseback using what appear to be whips on Haitian migrants. Does the administration view that as an appropriate tactic. Can you speak to that? There are people who are upset about it.”
“Yeah. Understandably so. Um. I have seen some of the footage. I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate. But I don’t have additional details… and certainly…. I don’t have additional context, April, I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it’s acceptable or appropriate.”
All Psaki may say is give reassurances that Vice President Kamala Harris is completely nonetheless “on it” with regards to tackling the issue.
The viral tweet that perpetuated the “whipping” declare got here from a staffer at Julian Castro’s “People First Future” PAC.
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Senator Jeff Merkley:
Tim Fullerton, “Former digital for Barack Obama”:
Tony Karon, “Editorial lead at AJ+”:
Yvette D. Clarke, “Representing New York’s 9th Congressional District”:
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, “First female Haitian-American Assemblymember in NYC”:
Lorella Praeli, “Co-President @CommunityChange:”
Manny Fidel, “Columnist/Editor for Business Insider”:
Yolanda Machado, “Critic at The Wrap:”
Cameron Kasky,” Activist @MoveOn:”
Melissa Mark-Viverito, “Speaker @NYCCouncil 2014-17”:
Rowaida Abdelaziz of HuffPost:
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