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Border Patrol agent ‘whip’ probe is a 500-page report: union

The Biden administration has compiled a 500-page report on the investigation into Border Patrol brokers accused of “whipping” Haitian migrants final 12 months and will launch it any day now, the highest union official instructed The Publish late Thursday.

The report is the end result of the executive investigation into the brokers’ actions performed by Customs and Border Safety’s Workplace of Private Accountability (ORP). The brokers have been cleared of felony wrongdoing and received’t face fees, however might nonetheless lose their jobs if they’re discovered to have damaged company insurance policies.

“Nobody is aware of what’s within the report,” Nationwide Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd mentioned. “I don’t know what’s in it. As of yesterday afternoon, the chief of the Border Patrol didn’t know what’s in it.”

Regardless of not figuring out the content material of the report, Judd mentioned he was involved by its size.

“I’ve by no means seen a 500-page report the place nobody did something flawed,” he mentioned.

Immigration activists and Democratic politicians accused the mounted brokers of utilizing cut up reins to “whip” Haitian migrants as they tried to cross into the US close to Del Rio, Texas this previous September.

US border agents on horseback were accused of whipping Haitian migrants near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021.
US border brokers on horseback had been accused of whipping Haitian migrants close to the Acuna Del Rio Worldwide Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021.
PAUL RATJE/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

Judd and the Nationwide Border Patrol Council have at all times insisted the brokers did nothing flawed and had been merely following orders from a number of supervisors to cease the migrants from crossing into the US illegally.

As photographs of the incident went viral and precipitated outrage, some witnesses defended the brokers’ actions and mentioned they had been acceptable.

“I didn’t ever see them whip anyone, with the factor,” photographer Paul Ratije instructed El Paso TV station KTSM. “He was swinging it. However I didn’t see him truly take — whip somebody with it. That’s one thing that may be misconstrued once you’re trying on the image.”

Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
Nationwide Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd argued the border brokers had been clearing Haitian migrants away from the Texas border city of Del Rio.
AP Picture/Fernando Llano
US border agents on horseback were accused of whipping Haitian migrants near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021.
The Customs and Border Safety’s Workplace of Private Accountability has confirmed the border brokers concerned within the alleged whipping won’t be charged.
PAUL RATJE/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

The brokers stay on desk responsibility and hope to be cleared quickly, Judd mentioned.

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