The investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) into the September incident with Border Patrol brokers on horseback has but to conclude regardless of preliminary assurances from the Biden administration that it could take “days.”
“The investigation is ongoing. The Department is committed to a thorough, independent, and objective process. We are also committed to transparency and will release the results of the investigation once it is complete,” a spokesperson for DHS wrote in a Saturday e-mail, in line with The Washington Examiner.
Photographs went viral in September depicting horse patrol brokers deterring Haitian migrants making an attempt to cross into the United States illegally throughout the river in Del Rio, Texas. Critics and a few information shops claimed the brokers had been utilizing whips in opposition to the migrants, with some saying the photographs hearkened to the slavery period.
Many shops later rescinded the declare after it grew to become obvious that the brokers had been utilizing reins as a substitute of whips.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas instructed Congress on Sept. 22 that the investigation into the incident would wrap up inside “a matter of days, not weeks.”
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President Biden on Sept. 24 weighed in on the scenario with the brokers, vowing, “those people will pay.”
Because of the condemnation from Biden and others, National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd expressed concern relating to the integrity of the investigation, telling Fox News in an interview that “the pressure that’s going to be on those investigators to find fault is going to be huge.”
Judd defended the brokers, claiming that not solely had been they following customary protocol, they “were sent to the river and given specific instructions because the number of people that were already under the bridge.
“They had been despatched there and instructed to particularly be certain that no person else crossed into the United States,” he continued.
Noting the great deal of influence the president has over promotions, Judd said if the investigators neglect to find fault, “it is going to come into query why [they] did not do their job.”
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“They’ve already had the president, the vp, Jen Psaki herself and the secretary of Homeland Security have already handed judgment on what occurred down there with out investigation going down.
“So now the investigators are just going to go down there and they’re going to have to find fault based upon what all of these extremely powerful people have already said,” he added.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.