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George P. Bush says mounted agents used split reins to control their horses NOT whip migrants

George P. Bush visited the southern border over the weekend and lashed out at Joe Biden and his administration for the outrage over images of agents on horseback wrangling illegal immigrants.

'After false outrage over a misinterpreted photo, Biden has stripped yet another tool from our men & women protecting this country,' Bush, who currently serves as the Texas Land Commissioner, tweeted on Saturday.

'Enough is enough,' he continued. 'Stop attacking our border patrol & give them the resources necessary to secure the border instead of setting them up for failure.'

The White House announced on Thursday that it would no longer allow Border Patrol agents in Del Rio to ride on horseback after images emerged of them using what some deemed to be whips to wrangle mostly Haitian migrants in the Department of Homeland Security's ramped up deportation efforts.

Bush is running to be the next Texas attorney general. He insisted on Twitter that agents need horses as a mode of transportation along the 'hard terrain' of the southern border. 

'This is the reality of our border,' he tweeted along with a video showing the hilly, rocky and sandy area surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. 'It's not a picturesque landscape like Joe Biden wants everyone to believe. It's hard terrain that requires agility and adaptability, something a horse conquers easily.'

'It's split reins that help give the agents additional control over the horse that they are using as a tool-not a weapon,' he added.

'They're certainly not whips, as Biden and Kamala want us to believe.'

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush met with Border Patrol agents on horseback over the weekend in pushing back against the Biden administration for banning the use of horses in Del Rio 

Bush posted a video showing the rough terrain of the southern border, insisting horses are needed by agents to navigate it 

He also said the 'split reins' are used for control over the horse and are 'not a weapon' 

Bush claimed the Biden administration is setting up agents for failure after banning the use of horses in Del Rio, Texas – where a group of 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants set up camp earlier this month 

Images went viral of Border Patrol agents as people accused them of using their reins to 'whip' migrants at the encampment near the Del Rio International Bridge

Bush has taken an active role in pushing back against Biden's border policies.

He joined the Texas Defense Task Force in July, which is suing Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas 'on grounds of illegally preventing the border wall from being constructed.'

Bush also granted 'emergency authorization' to fund border wall construction on Lone Star State land and struck deals with Customs and Border Protection CBP for the agency to lease land from the state in order to better patrol and conduct operations.

Outrage ensued last week after these images of horseback Border Patrol agents emerged.

Some insisted they were whipping migrants with what appeared to lariats. Others defended the actions, claiming they were just using the 'split reins' to properly ride and direct their horses.

Mayorkas said the agents in question were reassigned to administrative duties and an investigation was launched into the scenes in question. 

Bush spoke with horseback agents in a video he posted to Twitter on Saturday

Agents are angered that they are facing consequences, claiming they were only using reins on horses or to ward off immigrants – but not to whip them

The photographer who took the images of the agents on horseback, Paul Ratje, did not see any agents use reins to whip migrants

Agents are angered that they are facing consequences after being directed to do their job. They have reasoned that they were only using the reins on horses or to ward off immigrants – but not to whip them.

Representative Maxine Waters of California claimed the 'whipping' images are 'worse than slavery' and fellow black Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley suggested the actions were counterintuitive to the Black Live Matter movement as they were used on black Haitian migrants.

The images – and use of horses to wrangle immigrants – were a direct result of DHS fast-tracking deportation efforts. The group was instructed to get migrants ready for removal flights or deter them from making it back to the U.S. side of the border from Mexico.

DHS increased the number of removal flights to migrants' homeland last week and attempted to swiftly break up the encampment near the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.

The makeshift camp emerged over the last month as a group of nearly 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, some claiming they felt it was the best place to seek asylum because of President Biden's border policies.

Mayorkas insisted when visiting Texas this month that the border is 'closed,' even though thousands of Afghan refugees are being flown into the U.S. to military bases and then resettled in the country after Biden's bungled withdrawal in August.

Migrants, mostly Haitian, are released from CBP custody in Del Rio, Texas after living in the makeshift camp around the bridge. Most are being transported to Houston or San Antonio before being released to friend and family in the U.S. 

Last Sunday, removal flights to Haiti ensued with three landing in Port-au-Prince that day and another handful the next day with the flight continuing throughout the week.

Partial information released by DHS on Thursday accounts for only 10,000 of the 15,000 migrants who set up camp in Del Rio, Texas – leading some to believe that another 5,000 have just been released into the U.S.

The information DHS did release shows that 1,401 migrants sent back to Haiti on 12 flights, 3,206 remain in custody, and 5,000 are still camped out beneath the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Biden should have supported us before spouting off': Border Patrol agents blast president for false claim that mounted officers 'strapped' migrants and say it's 'outrageous' he wouldn't give them 'benefit of the doubt' 

Border Patrol agents' outrage at Joe Biden is growing, with officers furious that the president has thrown them under the bus over the Haitian migrant debacle.

They are especially angry at the White House’s rush to judgment over pictures of a mounted agent swinging the reins of his horse while confronting an immigrant, which were first believed to show him whipping the man.

That account has already been debunked with even the photographer saying his image showed no such thing.

But that didn’t stop Biden calling the image and video ‘outrageous.’

‘It is absolutely outrageous that President Biden wouldn’t give us the benefit of the doubt before spouting off,’ one agent told DailyMail.com.

‘He should have supported us as Federal agents — especially in light of how abysmally he’s handled the border crisis.' 

‘We do this job for the safety and security of our families and the nation. Just because Biden won't man up and accept responsibility for his actions doesn't mean we won't,’ a second agent told DailyMail.com.

‘We have handled every crisis this administration has challenged us with and we still hold our heads up, put a badge on and go to work to defend this country from any who would enter illegally,’ he added. 

Instead of support them, Biden said of the picture and video: ‘It was horrible to see, to see people treated like they did, with horses nearly running them over. People being strapped.'

He added: ‘It's outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. There will be investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It's an embarrassment.' 

The photos drew international criticism for the Border Patrol after they were distributed worldwide by AFP

Vice President Kamala Harris said: 'Human beings should not be treated that way and as we all know it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country. Has been used against African Americans during times of slavery.' 

The White House says horseback officers will no longer be used to round up migrants near the border in Del Rio, Texas, and that has sparked the anger, as Border Patrol agents feel they are being used as a political football for merely doing their job.

Both agents spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job.

‘Agents spend their own money to buy French fries for crying kids. They help women and children up steep embankments to safety, and the left liberal media continues to spin a narrative of hate and corruption.

‘The saying goes that God created Border Patrol to get out in the dirt and brush because the mail man had the city jobs,’ he added. 

‘Horse patrol agents go through weeks of training to be prepared to handle a trained wild mustang,’

The agent said that if the man on horseback — who has now been assigned a desk job pending an investigation — did anything wrong, he would own up, because agents have a code of conduct that they adhere to.

‘I know one thing, I have never seen an agent whip a single illegal,’ he said.

And he pointed out the hardships of the job. ‘When it’s below zero, we patrol. When it’s over 100 degrees, we patrol. When its pouring rain, we patrol.

'That’s what we do. That’s our job and we are proud of it. Every American locks their doors at night and trust that if someone wants in they will knock, and if they come through the window it’s a criminal act.

‘Same with immigration, and we are policing those criminals.’

Biden said of the picture and video: ‘It was horrible to see, to see people treated like they did, with horses nearly running them over. People being strapped'

The agents’ union, the National Border Control Council did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment.

Paul Ratje, the New Mexico-based photographer who took the image said the rider was merely swinging his rein, not trying to harm the migrant.

‘I didn’t ever see them whip anybody, with the thing,’ Ratje told El Paso’s NBC affiliate, KTSM.

‘He was swinging it. But I didn’t see him actually whip someone with it.

‘That’s something that can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.

Ratje, 34, took the picture near Del Rio, Texas, where some 15,000 migrants crammed into a squalid makeshift tent city last week.

The last was moved out of the camp at 11:41 am on Friday, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez told DailyMail.com. That was a little over 12 hours ahead of the midnight deadline the administration had set to close the camp. 

By Saturday, the town of 35,000 residents had more-or-less returned to normal after being at the center of the growing storm over the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.

The only sign that anything was wrong was that the Del Rio International Bridge heading south into Mexico remained closed.

Hundreds of state troopers, border patrol agents and other law enforcement personnel left town on Friday.

Politicians from both parties have slammed the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis. One of the most stinging attacks came from former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in an opinion piece for El Paso Matters. 

O’Rourke, who is now running for the Democratic nomination for Texas Governor, asked: ‘How could we not see this coming?

‘And once the Haitians arrived, why was our government so slow to respond, leaving the people of Del Rio and the Border Patrol to their own devices?

‘The disregard for border communities, and the over reliance on already stressed federal law enforcement, produced conditions that ultimately led to the unforgettable and unforgivable scene of mounted officers charging into the mass of unarmed immigrants.’

The White House says horseback officers will no longer be used to round up migrants near the border in Del Rio, Texas

Biden promised to get the Del Rio situation under control earlier in the week.

It had started when tens of thousands of Haitians living mostly in Chile and Brazil — where they had moved following the disastrous 2010 earthquake in their homecountry — started traveling north through Central America buoyed by their belief that the Biden administration would be more lenient with its immigration policies than Donald Trump’s.

They were penned back at Tapachula, just across the Mexican border from Guatemala at the behest of the Biden administration.

But on September 12, Mexican authorities had a sudden change of heart and told the migrants they were free to leave the Tapachula camp and thousands flooded northward to Del Rio.

Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies told DailyMail.com they were freed in advance of the Mexican holiday of El Grito on September 16.

Of the thousands that made it to Del Rio, many families were processed and then bussed out of town, mainly to Houston and San Antonio, where they will have 10 days to report to authorities and be given a court date.

Some, mainly single men were largely deported to Haiti, a country that many had not lived in for years, while others fled back across the border into Mexico to avoid being sent to Port-au-Prince— and possibly to try again to enter the United States at a later date.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday that 2,000 migrants have been expelled to Haiti on 17 flights, 8,000 have gone to Haiti voluntarily, 12,400 are having their cases heard and 5,000 are being processed.

That leaves some 2,600 missing.

Bensman went to the bus station at Ciudad Acuna just across the Mexican border from Del Rio and found many Haitians buying bus tickets to other Mexican cities, such as Monterrey and Mexico City where they planned to work to build up enough money to try again.

But another mass crisis is looming from South America where some 19,000 migrants, mainly Haitians, are now amassed near the Colombian border with Panama.

Only 650 migrants are allowed to cross the area known as the Darien Gap each day in an agreement between the Colombian and Panamanian governments.

But more than 80,000 migrants are believed to have crossed the border illegally this year.

They have faced a dangerous trek through the Darien jungle, rife with perils such as poisonous snakes, steep ravines, swollen rivers, tropical downpours, and criminals often linked to drug trafficking. Assaults and rapes are commonplace on the trek as drug traffickers prey on the vulnerable migrants.

They then face an 1,100 mile trek through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala to reach Tapachula and then another 1,500 miles to the US border.

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