Biden condemns Border Patrol treatment of Haitian migrants, vows agents will face consequences

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks successful the State Dining Room of the White House successful Washington, D.C., U.S., connected Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

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President Joe Biden connected Friday condemned Border Patrol's attraction of Haitian migrants successful Del Rio, Texas, calling their actions "outrageous" and vowing the agents liable volition beryllium punished. 

"It's horrible what you saw. To spot radical similar they did, with horses, moving them over, radical being strapped, it's outrageous," Biden said astatine the White House, referencing a bid of photos and video showing mounted Border Patrol agents grabbing Haitian migrants trying to transverse into the U.S. 

"I committedness you, those radical volition pay. There is an probe underway close present and determination volition beryllium consequences," helium said. 

It was the president's archetypal substantive remark connected the concern successful Del Rio, Texas, wherever much than 10,000 Haitian migrants person tried to participate the U.S. from Mexico since mid-September. 

His administration's handling of the influx of migrants has drawn crisp disapproval from migration advocates and Democratic lawmakers aft the photos and video depicting Border Patrol agents' harsh attraction surfaced this week. 

Amid nationalist outcry, the medication announced Thursday that it was halting agents' usage of horses successful Del Rio, Texas.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz connected Monday rejected allegations that whips were utilized by agents successful images and videos that fueled an outcry connected societal media. They said the agents were wielding reins to power their horses.

United States Border Patrol agents connected horseback effort to halt Haitian migrants from entering an encampment connected the banks of the Rio Grande adjacent the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge successful Del Rio, Texas connected September 19, 2021.

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Biden said helium took work for the situation unfolding astatine the borderline and the actions of Border Patrol depicted successful the photos and video.

"Of people I instrumentality responsibility," Biden said. "I'm President."

 "It's dangerous. It's wrong. It sends the incorrect connection astir the satellite and sends the incorrect connection astatine home," helium continued. "It's simply not who we are."

The administration's deportation of Haitian migrants led the U.S. peculiar envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote, to resign Thursday over what helium called inhumane treatment. 

"Our argumentation attack to Haiti remains profoundly flawed, and my recommendations person been ignored and dismissed," Foote said successful a resignation missive Wednesday obtained by NBC News.

More than 3,000 Haitian nationals person been moved to Customs and Border Protection custody to either beryllium placed successful removal proceedings oregon expelled done Title 42, a Trump-era wellness instrumentality that denies definite migrants the accidental to use for asylum, White House property caput Jen Psaki said Thursday. 

And a full of 1,401 Haitians person been flown backmost to Haiti connected repatriation flights that began Sunday, leaving less than 5,000 Haitian migrants nether a span successful Del Rio.

-- CNBC's Christina Wilkie contributed to this report