The United States has responded with shock to images of border guards chasing migrants on horseback.
The footage shows US border guards chasing migrants on horseback across the Mexican border near the town of Del Rio in Texas. The ropes appear to be used as whips. Video footage also shows how migrants are verbally abused.
A White House spokesman described the images as “horrifying”. “I don’t know the full context, but I don’t know what would justify these actions.” Democrat Veronica Escobar, a member of the US House of Representatives for Texas, called the actions of the border guards “completely unacceptable.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said he is opening an investigation. Mayorkas told CNN he was shocked by the photos and that any form of immigrant abuse was unacceptable. “Based on the outcome of the investigation, we will take action.”
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The migrant crisis in del Rio has been going on for some time. In recent weeks, 12,000 Haitian migrants have arrived near the city. They mainly reside in a makeshift camp under a bridge, in very poor living conditions. The United States began deporting people last weekend.
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