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‘The Whipping Did Not Occur’: Mayorkas Corrects Reporter On Debunked Border Patrol Whipping Allegations

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday corrected a reporter who asserted that Border Patrol agents whipped migrants.

TheGrio reporter April Ryan insisted that agents whipped migrants from Haiti in September 2021, allegations that an internal investigation ultimately debunked. The incident took place when thousands of Haitian migrants crossed into Del Rio, Texas, overwhelming the small border town. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Here Are The Docs Instructing Border Patrol To Release Waves Of Migrants Into The Country)

“Sir, the southern border is not just Mexicans, it’s Haitians, it’s Africans, as we’ve seen particularly with that issue of Haitians being whipped with reins of horses,” Ryan said.

“Well, let me just correct you right there because actually, the investigation concluded that the whipping did not occur,” Mayorkas said.

“I’m sorry, I saw it differently. They were whipping something from the horse, reins from the horse. Maybe the video or the picture was fake, what I saw was totally different, sorry,” Ryan said.

“I’m going to leave you as corrected,” Mayorkas said.

The incident grew chaotic as horseback border agents were attempting to control the crowds and were later found in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) internal investigation to have “twirled” their reins in violation of CBP guidance. However, no evidence was found that they whipped anyone.

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