(USA Features) Border Patrol agents who have spent months waging an oftentimes fruitless battle trying to stem the flow of migrants illegally into the U.S. were further shocked and angered by comments from the president of the United States on Friday following debunked claims some of them “whipped” Haitian migrants.
President Joe Biden Friday spoke about claims that some Border Patrol agents on horseback were using whips to prevent the migrants from illegally entering the U.S., but those claims have been disproven by federal officials as well as the photographer who took some of the photos many Democrats cited when they, too, wrongly accused agents.
NEW: The photographer who took the now infamous photos of mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio says he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone and the photos are being misconstrued.
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“On Friday, amid an ongoing investigation into the agents – who have now been shifted to desk duty – and a day after the Biden administration barred the use of horses in Del Rio, the president tore into those agents,” Fox News reported.
“To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped – it’s outrageous,” Biden said, who then made a whipping motion with his hand, the network added.
“I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences,” the president threatened.
The comments both shocked and outraged Border Patrol agents, according to Fox News.
“Border Patrol agents were stunned and angered by the comments, which both claimed without evidence that migrants were run over and whipped, and at the same time cast a shadow over the investigation,” said the report.
“Would you go to work and do your best knowing that if you do your boss is going to ‘make you pay’?” one agent told the outlet, noting further: “I’m dumbfounded and don’t know what to say.”
The agent went on to ask, “Is the president threatening to throw us in prison?”
“I see the administration wants to fry our agents. He just started a war with Border Patrol,” said another, according to Fox News.
The head of the agency’s union, Brandon Judd, was also incredulous.
“Now that the president of the United States has already said they did wrong, how is an investigator supposed to do a true and honest investigation?” he told Fox News.
“Because if that investigator finds they did nothing wrong — and they didn’t do anything wrong — but if that investigator finds they didn’t do anything wrong, how is that investigator’s job going to go?”
He added that Biden’s remarks were “completely and totally outrageous” and accused the president of “playing politics with Border Patrol agents’ lives.”
Judd also pushed back on the claims that agents acted inappropriately.
“Nobody was struck by a rein, not one person was struck by a rein, not one person was run over by those horses. They used the tactics they were trained to use, to do the job [Biden] sent them out to do — these are executive branch employees,” he said.
“He sent them out there to do the job, and now he’s criticizing them because his base wants him to,” he said, adding that agents have been contacting him left and right since they heard the president’s remarks.
“Since he’s made that comment, my phone has obviously blown up. People are beyond incensed right now,” he said.
Former acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox News those agents have been “condemned, careers ruined and reputations irreparably harmed, without any due process — all to distract from the out of control catastrophic crisis at our southern border.”
“How will they get a fair impartial inquiry now when everyone in the chain of command all the way up to the president of the United States has already concluded they are already guilty of some form of atrocity?” Morgan, who is also a former Border Patrol chief, continued.
“For the president to say that, he has become emotionally unhinged and caved to the woke cancel culture,” he said. “The agents feel betrayed, stabbed in the back, demoralized.”
The photos also show that some Haitian migrants were trying to grab the reins of horses, which is actually cause for them to use deadly force, Fox News added.