Washington, DC – Less than 24 hours after a group of undocumented Haitian immigrants attacked U.S. Border Patrol agents on a transport bus, Vice President Kamala Harris called for an investigation into false allegations that agents mounted on horseback had whipped people illegally crossing the border.
Meanwhile, the Texas governor has taken matters into his own hands to construct a barrier along his state’s southern border, FOX News reported.
The situation in Del Rio, Texas has become desperate, with more than 12,000 would-be migrants camping under an international bridge waiting to enter the United States, CNN reported.
Vice President Harris, who was tasked with fixing the border problem months ago by President Joe Biden, has called for an investigation into allegations that U.S. border patrol agents were carrying whips with which to beats migrants.
There is no evidence that agents had whips or that they struck any migrants.
Videos showed the mounted agents had reins in their hands with which to direct their horses and not whips, but they were placed on desk duty on Wednesday anyway pending the conclusion of the investigation.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz has said the surge – which has at a times topped more than 14,000 people – was likely due to word of mouth and social media that the border at Del Rio was open.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said local resources were overwhelmed as piles of garbage mounted amongst undocumented immigrants would didn’t appear to be taking any health safety precautions, according to CNN.
Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick said that on Monday afternoon, a group of Haitian migrants who were being transported from Del Rio to Brownsville began fighting with border patrol agents on the bus in an effort to escape, KIII reported.
The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 when the bus was about 25 miles south of Kingsville on Highway 77.
The Haitian migrants, who had illegally crossed the U.S. border and were being transported to a processing point, overwhelmed the agents and escaped, KIII reported.
“Well, I believe in an attempt to abscond into the brush or leave the area, these individuals were able to assault federal agents on the bus in an attempt to escape,” Sheriff Kirkpatrick explained. “I think he was at that point where the driver was able to pull over, that’s when they were able to get and force the door open and abscond off the bus.”
The agents called for assistance and Kleberg County sheriff’s deputies were among the law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, KIII reported.
Sheriff Kirkpatrick said law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions worked together to chase and round up the escaped undocumented immigrants and put them onto another transport bus.
“Nevertheless, this is just a continued case in point of an extremely volatile situation that is getting out of control,” the sheriff said. “As we go forward with this type of continuing thing as the border crisis unfolds.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken border security into his own hands in some parts of the state, FOX News reported.
Abbott explained to reporters on Tuesday that law enforcement in his state had built a “steel barrier” of vehicles to prevent a breach in some areas.
“They have created a steel barrier preventing people from being able to cross the border,” the governor told reporters at a press conference to discuss the Haitian migrant crisis rapidly growing in Del Rio.
He said the barrier was working, FOX News reported.
“One day there were countless people coming across the border, then the very same day the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) put up all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working,” Abbott said.
The governor said the line of vehicles blocking the border goes on for miles and was just one of multiple “unprecedented” steps he planned to take to address the border crisis, FOX News reported.
Abbott also pointed out the Texas legislature had recently voted to put $3 billion towards protecting the border at the same time the Biden administration was “promoting and allowing open border policies.”