Mayorkas: Investigation into border agents will be fair despite Biden’s vow that ‘people will pay’
Homeland security secretary stated Sunday that his division would rely on facts as determined through an independent investigation even though he said last Wednesday that images of agents swinging their reins to stop migrants crossing the Rio Grande “hores The facts will determine the outcome. Nothing less than that,” Mr. Mayorkas stated to CNN’s “State of the Union” anchor Jake Tapper. “What these images and what they seem to represent is horrifying. I believe it deserves our attention. That is quite different than fact determinations.”
“I served as federal prosecutor for 12 years, and we conducted independent investigations despite what appearances might have been and the public outcry about them,” he added.
To stoke the outcry, Mr. Biden, and other Democrats including Vice President Kamala Hariri, called the agents’ behavior “horrible .”
.” While others counter that agents don’t have whips and they use their reins to control horses, others claim that whips are not given to them.
Mr. Tapper came to the defense, stating that some of the initial descriptions from last week’s incident had been “patently false”. He also noted that agents use horses to cross the border because there are not many roads.
The Biden administration suspended Friday the use of horses border agents in the midst of the investigation.
” Can the border patrol count upon you and President Biden to reach a conclusion based only on facts and not on Twitter outrage?” stated Mr. Tapper.
They sure can. Let me add something, Jake. “They are emblematic of who they are, their commitment to this country, their talent and tireless dedication to mission,” Mr. Mayorkas stated. “I witnessed their heroism in Del Rio, Texas last Monday when I was there on ground. That is emblematic of who and what they are.
Mr. Mayorkas also said that an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 of the 17,400 immigrants who are in the country illegally are waiting for their cases to be heard by an administrative judge have been released into the U.S.
“They’re released on conditions. Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” said Mr. Mayorkas under grilling from “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
About 5,000 are still being processed by the department, which means the number of those released could grow, and 3,000 are in detention.
Mr. stated that the number could rise. It is possible that the number of returned migrants could be higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it.”
About 30,000 Haitian migrants have come across the border since Sept. 9. At one point, an estimated 15,000 migrants were living under the bridge in makeshift tents and structures, as shown in viral television footage, but the latest shots show the Del Rio camp has been entirely cleared.
If someone is not expelled by the public health authority at the Centers for Disease Control then they are placed into immigration enforcement proceedings,” Mr. Mayorkas stated. “They have an opportunity to make their claim for relief to a judge as the law requires.”