According to a batch of emails that were obtained by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was aware that the photographer who took photos of Border Patrol agents on horseback stated clearly that he, along with his colleagues, did not see any illegal migrants being whipped.
This, of course, flies in the face of the official narrative the radical left has been attempting to push ever since this story first broke. Liberals have tried to paint these agents up as racists who were treating these migrants as subhuman, likely in a bid to justify not securing the border and allowing the crisis happening there to continue indefinitely.
A report from the Western Journal went on to say that the incident, which happened on Sept. 19 of last year when thousands of Haitian migrants crossed into the United States by entering Del Rio, Texas, led to Border Patrol agents on the ground becoming overwhelmed.
“The images that circulated of the incident showed the horseback Border Patrol agents, who have since been cleared of the whipping accusations, trying to address the situation, using the reins of the horses to push the migrants back; many commentators claimed the agents were “whipping” the migrants,” the story continued.
“A DHS colleague sent an email to Mayorkas including a news interview with the photographer who captured the incident and claimed he didn’t see Border Patrol agents whip anyone, according to Fox News, which first reported the Sept. 24, 2021, emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request,” the report stated.
“The photographer behind the images depicting Border Patrol agents on horseback told KTSM things are not exactly what they seem when it comes to the photos,” the news story said. The report was then sent to Mayorkas by the assistant secretary of DHS public affairs Marsha Espinosa, according to Fox News.
“The photos caused outrage because from certain angles, it appears to show Border Patrol whipping migrants, but photographer Paul Ratje said he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone,” the news story added.
Mayorkas, speaking during a White House press conference just a few hours after he received the email, stated that the images reminded him of “systemic racism,” which is another one of those buzzwords that liberals like to toss around, though they don’t really understand what it means. He then responded to the comments made by the photographer, saying the incident “horrified the nation.”
“The horses have long reins, and the image in the photograph that we all saw, and that horrified the nation, raised serious questions about what…occurred and as I stated quite clearly, it conjured up images of what has occurred in the past,” Mayorkas went on to say at the time, according to a report from Fox News.
“There’s also a question of how one uses the horse and how one interacts with individuals with the horse,” he remarked. “And so I’m going to let the investigation run its course.”
True to the liberal principle of never allowing a situation, real or made up, go to waste, Democratic politicians began to accuse the agents of “whipping” some of the migrants. This led to the White House coming out and condemning these individuals several times.
“National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said that the Biden administration’s knowledge of the photographer’s account and their statements that followed ‘proves’ they ‘don’t care about the truth,’ he told the Daily Caller News Foundation,” the report said.
“They certainly don’t want the American public to know the truth,” Judd stated. “They specifically withheld facts from the American people so that the narrative would go forward.”
“They knew that it wouldn’t matter that the truth was going to come out later,” he continued. “Because they know that the media is not going to cover it. So they went forward with a completely bogus story, misrepresenting facts and misleading the American public. That should not be tolerated from the president of the United States.”
President Biden then said on Sept. 24, 2021 that the agents who were involved in the incident would pay.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) found in July that the Border Patrol agents never whipped anyone. The agency did find that the agents ‘twirled’ their reigns, which is not part of their training,” the Western Journal reported.
“I take responsibility. I’m president … It was horrible to see. To see people treated like they did, horses nearly running them over, people being strapped. It’s outrageous,” the president said at the time. “I promise you those people will pay… There will be consequences,” the president stated.
“Whips are not part of Border Patrol training or equipment,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in his response to the controversy.
Again, this is all likely part of the plan to justify allowing open borders. Democrats are playing games with the demographics of our country and attempting to inflate their voting rolls just ahead of the midterms and the presidential election in 2024.