You’ll recall the incident that occurred last September at the US-Mexico border when photographers caught agents on horseback using their long reins to control their horses as they tried to slow the onslaught of migrants illegally crossing the Rio Grande river into our country.
The Biden administration immediately drew conclusions, saying the agents were “whipping” the migrants as if they were slaves. “To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped – it’s outrageous,” Joe Biden told reporters after the photographs surfaced. “I promise you, those people will pay.”
The controversy was quickly debunked, and the agents were cleared of wrongdoing. So, what’s the poor Biden Administration to do? Punish them for “administrative violations,” of course.
Fox News reported Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security will discipline multiple horseback Border Patrol agents in the debunked “whipping” of Haitian migrants story. Already suffering from low morale due to record migrant surges at the US-Mexico border, agents are reportedly “furious” over the decision.
Why? Because they know they’re being made into scapegoats for the failed border policy of the Biden administration.
The Biden Administration is reportedly planning to punish the border agents accused of whipping migrants despite the debunked claims in that scandal. https://t.co/UzcBMJmFzy President Biden not only declared them guilty but pledged punishment before the start of the investigation
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) June 15, 2022
Convicting people without a trial? That’s not the American way, Joe.
It’s hard to think of a more trumped-up charge than “administrative violations.” What, did they fail to sharpen their pencils to the required length?
Agents are predictably incensed. Said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd to Fox News Digital:
What we’re seeing right now is the executive branch weaponizing the Office of Professional Responsibility to go after what President Biden perceives as political opponents. He doesn’t like the Border Patrol. He has never liked the mission of the Border Patrol. And now he is going after these agents because he panders to open border activists. This should never happen in this country.
He continued, explaining punishment was pre-ordained the second the most powerful man in the world demanded it:
The moment he made that statement, the moment he said that those agents would pay, the moment he convicted those agents without any evidence, without any investigation, there could be no doubt in anybody’s mind that these investigators were going to come back with some sort of charge against the agents.
They had no choice.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was also disgusted with the move, telling Daily Mail in an exclusive interview:
Border patrol agents deserve a president who will support them, not smear them — which is exactly what President Biden did when he promised, without knowing the facts, that agents would ‘pay’ for the false allegations of ‘whipping’ migrants.
Morale at the Border Patrol is already at “an all-time low,” with the prospect of this White House succeeding in ending Title 42, and this punitive move by an abusive administration is sure to further that trend. As the Biden Administration seeks to scapegoat its own, migrants continue to explode across the border:
BREAKING: There were an unprecedented 239,416 migrant encounters at the Southern border in May, CBP reports. This is the highest monthly total in DHS history, beating the record that was set the month before in April w/ 234,088.
Only 100,699 (42%) expelled via Title 42. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 16, 2022
Joe Biden’s border policies—like so many of his policies—are a complete and utter failure. Now, it appears he has declared open warfare on his own Border Patrol to distract attention, when these officers were already cleared and did nothing wrong.
This is an abuse of power, plain and simple.