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Deportations continue as WH calls footage of Border Patrol attacking migrants with whips 'horrific'

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22.09.2021

A White House press conference was held Monday after disturbing images and video surfaced online in regards to the massive Haitian deportations in Texas over the weekend. The footage appeared to show Border Patrol agents using whips against Haitian migrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico. The White House called it inappropriate and “horrific.”

"I have seen some of the footage. I don't have the full context. I can't imagine what context would make that appropriate," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. "I don't think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate.”

According to The Washington Post, photos captured by photographer Paul Ratje, which are now available through Getty, depict Border Patrol agents with evident anger on their faces mounted on horseback who are grabbing Haitian migrants by their shirts and using what look like whips on them. Many of the images depict migrants running with food in their hands.

"I don't know anyone who could watch that video and not have that emotion," Psaki told CBS Mornings. "It's important for people to know this is not who we are," she added. "That's not who the Biden-Harris administration is."

.@PressSec suggests the Biden administration “is looking into" temporary status for Haitian migrants at the border, calling images from Del Rio, Texas “horrific.” pic.twitter.com/DN7Lah8W7G

The photos of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents went viral Monday, prompting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to announce an investigation that very evening.

"DHS does not tolerate the abuse of migrants in our custody and we take these allegations very seriously," the agency tweeted. The department added that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas........

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