AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of Homeland Security has not produced results from an investigation into the conduct of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents in Texas one month after Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised a conclusion within days.
Mayorkas had vowed before Congress to conclude whether agents were too aggressive in stopping Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, in mid-September within "a matter of days, not weeks." President Joe Biden and other top government officials, including Mayorkas, had quickly condemned the agents after speculation spread on social media that they mistreated migrants, but the government has not yet offered clarification about what they learned about the incident.
HS and Customs and Border Protection did not respond to requests for comment.
In a highly publicized incident that took place as 20,000 Haitian migrants streamed across the Rio Grande from Mexico over a period of days in September, mounted agents were photographed and filmed attempting to prevent people from walking across. The migrants ignored verbal orders to turn around, and the mounted agents rode along the riverbank where migrants tried to get by them.