I chose the mounted Border Patrol agents for my VIPs for this week, particularly the few agents who were accused of “whipping” Haitian migrants at the southern border last year. A photographer took a picture of agents following orders to keep the Haitians from crossing the river into the United States. The left-leaning media and left-wing politicians and celebrities accused the agents of cruelty and treating the Haitians like slaves in bygone days. Even President Joe Biden jumped into the frenzy and declared that the agents would be punished.
After the photos were examined and more evidence was submitted, most people understood that no whipping took place. The so-called whips being used by the mounted agents were the divided reins used to control the horses. Apologies should have been stated, and the story should have died. However, there was a ten-months long official investigation. Jarrett Stepman gave the following explanation:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility last week released a report on the Border Patrol incident, finding that the mounted agents hadn’t strapped anyone, but were guilty anyway and subject to punishment….
The Biden administration’s 500-page report essentially admits that Border Patrol agents didn’t whip the Haitian migrants, which had been quite clear to anyone who earnestly examined the photos and video.
But the administration still threw four agents under the bus, saying that they acted in an “unprofessional” manner and engaged in “dangerous” behavior.
Oh, and they used “vulgar” language….
… It’s clear from the repot that the Border Patrol agents were just doing their jobs under difficult and chaotic conditions. Were they supposed to do nothing?
The border agents were considered
guilty from the time the photograph appeared, and the Biden administration
refused to admit their errors. The agents are being punished because Biden said
that they would be punished. The president and his administration were wrong,
and the agents are bearing the blame for something they did not do.