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EXCLUSIVE: Border Patrol agents are furious after it emerged that the Department of Homeland Security should punish several agents who have been caught up in debunked allegations since they whipped Haitian migrants in Del Rio last year – already ratcheting up low agent morale who see a politicized investigation designed to produce a result for the White House.
“What we’re seeing right now is the executive branch arming the Office of Professional Responsibility to go after what President Biden perceives to be political opponents,” National Border Patrol Council Chairman Brandon Judd said. at Fox News Digital. “He doesn’t like Border Patrol. He never liked the mission of Border Patrol. And now he’s going after these agents because he panders to open borders activists. That doesn’t should ever happen in this country.”
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Fox News reported Tuesday that DHS is preparing to discipline “several” Mounted Border Patrol agents involved in the Haitian migrant incident at the U.S.-Mexico border in September, where some Democrats and immigration activists believed wrong to have seen agents whipping Haitian migrants.
A federal source told Fox News that an announcement on this is expected in the coming days. Officers are expected to discipline agents with “administrative violations” rather than criminal conduct – something that was ruled out by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) last year. Fox is informed that DHS will present its proposals for discipline to the officers, and the officers will then have the option of responding and either accepting the discipline or fighting it.
“I can’t stand being surprised anymore,” an agent told Fox, along with a countdown to the agent’s retirement date. Another source told Fox they know of a number of agents who plan to postpone their retirement as a result.
Another described it as “f —- bulls–t”
“These officers did nothing wrong,” the officer said.
The controversy began amid the Haitian migrant crisis in Del Rio in September, where more than 10,000 migrants were gathered under the region’s international bridge. As the situation worsened, officers were sent on horseback to control the situation.
Footage circulated on Twitter of officers trying to stop migrants from entering the United States and, in one case, grabbing a migrant’s shirt. The controversy escalated as some Democratic media and lawmakers misidentified the officers’ split reins, which they use and twirl to control and steer the horse – and falsely claimed officers were using ‘whip’ on the horses. immigrants.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas initially backed the officers but later changed his message, saying the footage ‘troubles me deeply’ and adding ‘you can’t arm a horse’ against migrants . Mayorkas announced that the horses would no longer be used at Del Rio and the officers were transferred to the office pending an investigation into their conduct. He would go on to promise that the investigation would be “completed within days, if not weeks.”
Vice President Harris and President Biden also weighed in on the officers, with Biden ratcheting up the pressure on embattled officers by repeating the false whipping allegations, and also previewing what he hoped would be the outcome of the investigation.
“To see people being treated the way they have been, horses barely running, people tied up – it’s outrageous,” Biden told reporters, make a whipping motion with one’s hand.
“I promise you these people will pay,” he said of the officers. “There will be an ongoing investigation now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
Now, with the DHS Office of Professional Responsibility expected to line up punishment for officers nine months after the incident, Border Patrol agents – whose morale is already in the tank from having to deal with the massive crisis in progress at the southern border – feel that their fellow officers are thrown under the bus because the officials felt compelled to give a result.
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“At the time he made that statement, at the time he said these officers would pay, at the time he convicted these officers without any evidence, without any investigation, there could have been no doubt in anyone’s mind. that these investigators were going to come back with some kind of charge against the officers,” Judd said. “They did not have a choice.”
“The President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, said they would pay, and now they are paying,” he said.
Another agent linked the resurrection of the case to the upcoming midterm elections.
“The audience had already forgotten that. Putting that back in place is a much-needed distraction [for Biden] and helps make the ‘racist’ behavior of BP officers a matter of political discussion for intermediaries,” the officer said.
They added: “Unfortunately, we always expect the worst.”
Fox News has repeatedly reported low agent morale.
Footage has emerged of officers having tense meetings with mayors and with Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. In a video shared with Fox News by a Border Patrol source in January, Ortiz confirmed that “morale is at rock bottom.”
“I understand,” Ortiz said. “You come to work frustrated. You’re upset because you didn’t get the result you wanted. That doesn’t mean you’re giving up.”
A Border Patrol source who spoke to Fox faulted Ortiz for not publicly standing up for the agents.
“Ortiz absolutely knows they did nothing wrong. His silence is deafening to officers,” the source said. “BP will have to rewrite their entire training procedures for the academy because we are trained to get physical if the aliens don’t comply. All law enforcement is trained in the mantra of ‘ask, tell, do.” The Mounted Patrol guys were doing exactly what they’re trained to do, and they were following orders back then. Ortiz knows and refuses to do the right thing.
“They all know it’s to save face for the lies the administration has been spreading to the public,” the source said.
Judd said officers currently have to deal not only with criminals at the border, but also attacks from politicians in Washington DC.
“We are stressed because we are dealing with criminals. This is what we are dealing with. a lot of stress.”
“You are already doing a job that we had [Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] come out and liken us to Nazis, you got the squad out and made false allegations that we were forcing people to drink from the toilet. This is the kind of stuff we have to deal with from politicians who just don’t like the mission,” he said. “They don’t like the fact that we are following United States laws. So they come out and attack us.“
Several agents told Fox News they were retiring early or knew of other agents who were considering retiring early due to the current labor situation – where many agents are being pressured to deal with migrants rather than to be on the field.
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Judd also warned that it was becoming increasingly difficult to hire new agents, which he attributed in part to the heat of agents coming from leftist politicians. He said the agency is already understaffed by 2,000 officers.
“Of course, it’s going to be a lot harder to hire people to come into an agency just to know you’re going to be attacked by the President of the United States and other powerful politicians,” he said.
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