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FIRST ON FOX: A group of Republican senators on Wednesday urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the findings of the investigation into Border Patrol agents who were at the center of false allegations that they ‘whipped’ Haitian migrants .
“We agree that the public deserves to know the results of this investigation,” the lawmakers, led by Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., wrote in a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
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“Yet it has been more than six months since this episode occurred, and no report has been published,” they say.
The other senators on the letter are Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kevin Cramer, RN.D., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., and Mike Lee, R-Utah.
The investigation centered on officers on horseback who, in September, tried to prevent Haitian migrants from entering the United States via a river in Del Rio, near a huge migrant camp. The controversy began when some Democratic media and lawmakers misidentified officers’ split reins, which they use and twirl to control and steer the horse – and falsely claimed officers were using “whip” on migrants.
Mayorkas initially supported the officers alongside Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, but later said the footage ‘troubled me deeply’ before adding that ‘you can’t arm a horse’ against the immigrants. Vice President Kamala Harris also weighedsaying she wanted an investigation and was “deeply disturbed” by the alleged treatment of migrants.
Shortly after, Mayorkas announced that the horses would no longer be used at Del Rio, and the officers were transferred to the office pending an investigation into their conduct. He would go on to promise that the investigation would be “completed within days, if not weeks.”
That Friday, President Biden increased the pressure on officers by repeating the whipping allegations, and also announced what he hoped would be the outcome of the investigation.
“To see people being treated the way they have been, horses barely running, people tied up – it’s outrageous,” Biden said, make a whipping motion with one’s hand.
“I promise you these people will pay,” he said. “There will be an ongoing investigation now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
The Republican letter says the administration “very publicly and harshly condemned this patrol activity” even before the facts were collected.
Six months later, the investigation is still ongoing. A DHS spokesperson told Fox last month that the agency “will share the results of the investigation once it is complete and provide updates, as appropriate, consistent with the need to protect the ‘integrity of the investigation and the privacy of individuals’.
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The spokesperson referred to a november updatewho explained how the matter was referred to the Office of Inspector General – who declined to investigate and instead referred it to the Office of Professional Accountability of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – and the measures to be taken.
But the lengthy investigation has led to accusations that the investigation is being prolonged for political reasons. The head of the Border Patrol Union recently told Fox News Digital that he thinks “they’re trying to drag this out and get the American public to forget this because eventually they’ll have to come back and say [the agents] haven’t done anything wrong or else they’ll have to invent fees and try to fit some fees into the policy.”
A DHS official who spoke to the Washington Examiner in January share this assessment, and even wondered if the administration would ever release the report.
“I doubt the current administration will release this report on the horse patrol incident as it reflects badly on the administration,” the official said. “They basically convicted the mounted agents based on a lie, which the investigation after 120 days would surely have revealed.”
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Republicans say “it remains unclear why these findings have not been released.”
“The American people — and especially your agents whose superiors have publicly accused them of misconduct — deserve the transparency you promised, even if it’s embarrassing for the Biden administration,” they say.
Lawmakers are calling for the findings of the investigation to be released by April 13.