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WASHINGTON, DC- In an administration full of lying dirtbags, it is difficult to pick out the most egregious liar, since there are so many to choose from, starting at the top and working your way down.
But the winner in our mind is Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who doesn’t just win the prize as the biggest liar in the Biden administration but also one worthy of an Academy Award.
Rewind your time machine back to September 2021, when a viral group of pictures came forth which appeared at first blush to show border patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian migrants who were entering the country illegally.
However it wasn’t long at all before that narrative was debunked, including by the photographer who took the pictures.
That however didn’t stop the Biden administration, including Mayorkas from attempting to politicize the incident. Now, the Washington Free Beacon and a number of other news sources are reporting that not only did Mayorkas attempt to whip up a frenzy over the photos but in fact knew the narrative was false.
According to emails obtained by the Heritage Foundation and reported on by Fox News, Mayorkas knew full well that the border patrol agents in no way had engaged in “whipping” anyone.
NEW: Email reveals DHS Secretary Mayorkas was alerted by DHS' top public affairs official that the "whipping" narrative behind horseback BP photos wasn't true, but at a WH press conference 2.5 hours later, he didn't refute that narrative, instead calling the images "horrifying". pic.twitter.com/Qyfy2NBkNo
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 12, 2022
That’s because on Sept. 24, 2021, DHS assistant secretary Marsha Espinosa directed Mayorkas to a news article that quoted the photographer who took the image as saying he did not see any whips.
“Espinosa highlighted the comments from the photographer where he directly says he did not witness any whipping,” Fox News reported.
None of that mattered to the lying Mayorkas, who added yet another bit of delusion to his history of false statements, including numerous times when he has claimed the southern border is “secure.” On that same day, Mayorkas joined his feckless boss, Joe Biden at a presser which was designed to push the false narrative.
In fact, Mayorkas was so invested in pushing the false narrative that he referred to the images as “horrifying” and cited them as an example of “systemic racism.” He even said it with a straight face.
“Our nation saw horrifying images that do not reflect who we are. We know that those images painfully conjured up the worst elements of our nation’s ongoing battle against systemic racism,” Mayorkas said, the lies coming from his mouth quite easily, according to the New York Post.
At the same news conference, Biden made a whipping motion with his hand as he referred to the photographs as “people being strapped.” Mayorkas stood there and let Biden push the false narrative.
“To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped—it’s outrageous,” Biden stammered to reporters that day.
The statements given by Mayorkas and parroted by Biden served to stir up pro-illegal immigration activists, who took to repeating the claims that border patrol agents on horseback had “whipped” the illegal Haitian immigrants.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers accused the administration of using the photos to whip up a frenzy and to detract from their failure in securing the border and in this case, an overflowing camp of illegal migrants in Del Rio, Texas.
An internal investigation conducted by Customs and Border Protection revealed earlier this year that the three agents shown in the photographs were using cord split reins to control their horses, and noted that not one illegal migrant was injured in the Sept 19, 2021 incident. An internal memo found “no evidence any agent struck—intentionally or otherwise—any migrant with their reins,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
In an email obtained by the Heritage Foundation, Espinosa sent a copy of a report from station KTSM, filed by reporter Natassia Paloma who spoke to the photographer, Paul Ratje.
She reported that in an interview Ratje said neither he nor his colleagues saw agents whipping anyone, completely debunking the narrative being pushed by the Biden administration and lied to by Mayorkas.
“Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses,” Ratje said.
Ratje, a photographer based in Las Cruces said he took the photos from the Mexican side of the border.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,’ Ratje said. “He [the border agent] was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
One day after the incident, Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz defended the agents to the press and in fact admitted the “whips” were in fact reins used to control the horses. That was before Mayorkas got the memo and reversed his earlier remarks, claiming laughably that he had “made the statements without having seen the images.”
We’ll take “things that never happened for 1,000, Alex.”
Mayorkas instead doubled down on the lie, saying:
“The horses have long reins, and the image in the photograph that we all saw, and that horrified the nation, raised serious questions about what…occurred and as I stated quite clearly, it conjured up images of what has occurred in the past,” a not so subtle reference to slavery in the U.S.
“That is something that horrified us all,” Mayorkas continued.
He said that…yet knew it was a lie.
The email to Mayorkas was obtained by the Heritage Foundation subject to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in March. As expected with the Biden administration, they refused to answer the request so Heritage was forced to file a lawsuit for the information, which led to this week’s release, Fox News reported.
“It clearly shows [federal officials] are willing to lie to the American people for their self-interests,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said.
The three border patrol agents and their supervisor currently face up to two weeks of unpaid suspension in connection with the incident, the report said.
The latest revelations about Mayorkas have ramped up Republican calls for him to either resign or be impeached.
If reports are true, then Secretary Mayorkas should resign. This is a failure of leadership and a complete betrayal of the hardworking Border Patrol agents who have been doing their best to maintain some control of the border in midst of this administration’s failed policies. https://t.co/1r77XeAUwT
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) October 12, 2022
Disgraceful. Mayorkas knowingly sold out the honorable men a women of Border Patrol… all to curry favor with the Biden White House.
I’m just a few months, Mayorkas will—rightly—be impeached. https://t.co/D5N0LVccfF
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 12, 2022
Secretary Mayorkas knew the smears against the agents were a lie. Yet he still threw them under the bus.
Where is your integrity, @SecMayorkas? https://t.co/JDdxGrcn9M
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 12, 2022
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stood at the White House podium and attacked our brave men and women in the Border Patrol.
He claimed they were racist and whipping migrants.
The only problem is that Mayorkas was told hours before that these claims were false.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 12, 2022
Alejandro Mayorkas defamed his own employees in order to score political points.
He has violated his oath of office and lied to the American people with a straight face.
His career should be over.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 12, 2022
For one of our previous pieces on the bogus horse-whipping incident, we invite you to:
DEL RIO, TX – Democrats once again jumped at the opportunity to attack law enforcement after Border Patrol agents were reportedly filmed using whips on Haitian migrants at the southern border. However, those accusations were later proven false.
Border patrol is mounted on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees with whips.
This is unfathomable cruelty towards people fleeing disaster and political ruin. The administration must stop this. pic.twitter.com/BSjT91NSj0
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) September 20, 2021
Video released by Al Jazeera and Reuters allegedly depicted mounted Border Patrol agents trying to block Haitian migrants trying to return to a makeshift camp at the Del Rio International Bridge after returning to Mexico briefly. It was later learned the “whips” were reins used to steer the horses.
Over 10,000 Haitian migrants are waiting for the chance to open an asylum claim in the United States within this makeshift camp, and their presence is becoming a humanitarian crisis as the Biden administration struggles to control the surge.
Democrats expressed outrage over the images, claiming the long reins were actually whips being used on the migrants. Despite explanations from the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Chief of the Border Patrol, Democrats attacked the White House.
Border Patrol agents on horseback were seen using whips and horses to block the path of incoming asylum seekers during one of the busiest immigration seasons in decades. pic.twitter.com/kuooFgnBD8
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 20, 2021
The claims of whipping prompted a defensive response from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday:
“I’ve seen some of the footage. I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate, but I don’t have additional details, and certainly I don’t have additional context.
Not waiting for facts, Psaki added:
“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it’s acceptable or appropriate.”
Vice President Kamala Harris joined the chorus of Democrats jumping on the “facts be damned” bandwagon. Harris told reporters on Tuesday:
“What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were, was horrible. And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there.
“But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it. And I’ll also be talking to Secretary (Alejandro) Mayorkas about it today.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the treatment of Haitian nationals by U.S. law enforcement “deeply troubling” and “heartbreaking”:
“Reports of the mistreatment of Haitian migrants fleeing violence and devastation from natural disasters are deeply troubling, including the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.”
The problem with all the Democrats’ outrage and the White House’s defensive reaction is that the claims of whipping were completely false.
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) tweeted a strong defense of the Border Patrol agents with a hint of sarcasm to chastise the Democrats for making the false claims without gathering the facts.
On their Facebook page, the FOP wrote:
“For all you Social Media Warriors out there: these are NOT whips. And no, Border Patrol agents are NOT ‘whipping’ people.
“They are REINS… Stay with us here, like a steering wheel is used to drive a car, the reins are used to ‘drive’ the horse.
“Thanks for coming to our TED talk.”
For all you Twitter warriors out there: these are NOT whips. And no, Border Patrol agents are NOT "whipping" people.
They are REINS… Stay with us here, like a steering wheel is used to drive a car, the reins are used to “drive” the horse.
Thanks for coming to our TED talk. pic.twitter.com/r0n2kXHqvy
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) September 21, 2021
The FOP also posted photographs of the long reins hanging from the horses as the Border Patrol struggled to control Haitians trying to re-enter the country illegally.
Secretary Mayorkas held a news conference near the Del Rio International Bridge on Monday defending the use of mounted Border Patrol agents, but said an investigation would be launched anyway:
“The footage is extremely troubling, and the facts learned from the full investigation, which will be conducted swiftly, will define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken…
“But we are going to investigate the facts to ensure that the situation is as we understand it to be, and if it’s anything different we will respond accordingly.”
Gullible idiots in the press published this fake story. The White House gave it legs. Big Tech promoted it. A conspiracy of misinformation. pic.twitter.com/jCs7bNRhaP
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) September 21, 2021
Ortiz said that mounted Border Patrol agents played an important role in the security response to the crisis at the Del Rio International Bridge. He also explained that the mounted agents were working to secure the bridge to prevent the passage of illegal aliens to and from the United States without proper checks:
“As was witnessed in the video and some of the pictures, the migrants were going back-and-forth. We do not know who are the smugglers or who are the migrants, so it’s important that those Border Patrol agents maintain a level of security for both themselves and for the migrant population.”
Ortiz, an experienced horse rider himself, explained that the long reins help Border Patrol agents control horses and protect migrants:
“(Controlling horses is important ) so we do not get in a position where we injure a migrant as they’re trying to make that treacherous trek across that river is probably more important than anything.
“And I’m pretty sure and confident that that’s exactly what was happening, but we will certainly look into the matter, to make sure that we do not have any activity that could be construed as a response to a law enforcement effort that is unacceptable.”
Answering criticism that Border Patrol agents were swinging the long reins near migrants, Ortiz said:
“You’re assuming facts that have not yet been determined.”
Border Patrol Agents Accused Of Patrolling Border https://t.co/BJEZKRShRL
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) September 22, 2021
Border Patrol agents reacted with anger and disbelief at the accusations of whipping. One agent told Fox News:
“This whole situation is blowing up and even liberals are turning on this administration. (Harris) is placing blame on agents to deflect because she and Biden are not going to change how they are handling this.”
Another Border patrol agent had more to say about the Democratic claims:
“Just proves what absolute idiots they are. With basic knowledge and two brain cells, anyone knows those agents use split reins. They do use them as a whip, on their horses.
“This helps get a quicker response from the horse to move out when needed, especially when the horse may be hesitant with groups of people or other animals.”
“Again, it is clear that those ‘in charge,’ a term that is disgusting to use, have no clue about our operations and frankly operate by ignorance and unhinged emotions.”
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Border Patrol shuts down all sector checkpoints as border bridge crisis exceeds 10K Haitians
September 18, 2021
DEL RIO, TX – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection source said the agency is closing down normal operations at all Del Rio Sector Border patrol highway checkpoints to allow staff to assist with the care, transport, and processing of 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants currently detained under the Del Rio International Bridge.
CBP shuts down Del Rio port of entry, border checkpoints in response to Haitian migrant surge https://t.co/bNim3YSd1m pic.twitter.com/31CcEi59cS
— Woody (@Knewz_Currently) September 18, 2021
According to the source, the shutdown began at midnight on Friday and will remain closed until an orderly process can be established to handle the makeshift camp.
As the Biden administration struggled with the massive numbers of migrants crossing the border answering his calls for immigration leniency, over 10,000 Haitian migrants have assembled under and around the bridge.
Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, the county’s top elected official and whose jurisdiction includes Del Rio, said the vast majority of the estimated 12,000 migrants assembled at the bridge were Haitian.
Some Haitians have built cave-like shelters in the reeds along the river, while others have gathered under the bridge for shelter. Owens said trash is discarded in ten-foot-wide piles and at least two women have given birth at the camp.
More tens of thousands of migrants flooding into the USA! Biden’s FAA now blocking drones from capturing the invasion of our country.
Spread these images far and wide to all who were brainwashed into believing “walls are racist”.
This was always the Democrats’ evil plan. pic.twitter.com/UuAVKh5YYa
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 17, 2021
One of the women tested positive for COVID-19 after being transported to a local hospital.
Checkpoints are normally an important part of the defense of the United States at the border.
Citizenship inspections, K-9s trained to detect concealed humans and narcotics, non-intrusive backscatter X-ray inspections of vehicles to scan for concealed cargo are all utilized at the border checkpoints.
Another concern with shutting down checkpoints is the interruption in the use of radiation detection equipment to look for radioactive materials entering from the border, a terrorism safeguard that will not be fully operational during the shutdown.
According to an exclusive report by Breitbart News, three checkpoints will be closed to allow full staffing reallocation to the Haitian bridge crisis. Two more will be closed for vehicle inspections but will still be used to process and detain migrants.
The CBP source said shutting down the checkpoints may mean smugglers will not need to use backroads or foot trails to bypass the main roads because the checkpoints will be shut down.
He claimed that three checkpoints would be closed to allow all staff to reallocate to the camp. Two others will cease inspections of vehicles, but will still be operating for migrant processing and detention.
The Del Rio Sector’s busiest checkpoint processes at least 25,000 vehicles each week.
The CBP set up portable toilets at the site and said more agents to help handle the growing crisis. Haitians have been crossing a low point in the Rio Grande to cross into the United States. Confusion over Biden’s immigration policies has fueled the rush to cross into the United States.
Ted Cruz releases video of the border crisis.
Over ten thousand illegal aliens camping out underneath the Del Rio International Bridge.
"When you have open borders this is what you get."
Trump was right about everything and the world is witnessing the truth.
Join @CBKNEWS pic.twitter.com/FqOqT69hHo
— Rebel CQWGIRL 🇺🇸❣🇺🇸 (@LeAnnFSellers1) September 18, 2021
Many Haitians have been living in Mexico for many years, some since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. News of Biden’s lax policies and his attempt to suspend Trump era immigration safeguards like Title 42 has caused Haitian migrants to flood across the border in hopes of gaining amnesty.
Guerline Jozef, co-founder of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, an advocacy group that was created after the last Haitian migration crisis along the U.S. southern border, said:
“The majority of the people who are at Del Rio are people who have been in Mexico a very long time but in other cities, for example Tijuana.
“There are a lot of rumors that if you go to Del Rio, you might be able to get access, so people just flooded Del Rio.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has placed a two-week flight restriction over the bridge after area images of the crush of people living in squalid conditions at the makeshift camp landed on television and social media.
Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. walk in the Rio Grande river near the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S., as they wait to be processed, in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Migrants cross back and forth into Mexico to buy food and supplies. Photo by Go Nakamura pic.twitter.com/JaUCz3eNAt
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) September 18, 2021
The ruling means news agencies cannot fly drones to capture any images as the crisis worsens. Activists and local officials say the crisis is getting worse, but the administration is trying to block media access.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said President Biden was to blame for the preventable disaster unfolding:
“I am on the ground in Del Rio, Texas tonight. As of this moment, there are 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge. This man-made disaster was caused by Joe Biden.”
Randy McGrorty, who heads Catholic Legal Services in Miami, called on the international community to get involved in the crisis, pointing out that Venezuelans, Cubans, and some Central Americans are mixed in with the Haitians:
“Why isn’t the international community responding to what is really turning into a humanitarian crisis?
“I can’t figure it out. There is nothing good about having people living in fields.”
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