Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday criticized President Biden, whom he accused of the “disgusting” behavior of US Border Patrol agents of the federal government using the bridle of his horses to whip Haitian migrants – and said that They will be “honored”. Work for the Lone Star State.
During a news conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge between the US and Mexico, Abbott defended agents after a recent report said the Department of Homeland Security was prepared to discipline him over the infamous incident last year.
“It is disgusting that these Border Patrol agents – who were using the rein to control those horses – have been completely acquitted by all law enforcement agencies and yet the Biden administration, It still seems intended to punish those Border Patrol officers,” he said.
“As governor, I would be more than happy – I would honor those Border Patrol officers to be part of the Texas team to protect the border.”
Fox News reported Wednesday that DHS officials were preparing proposals to slap agents with “administrative violations,” which were cleared with “administrative violations,” citing a federal source familiar with the matter. Was.
Biden has vowed that agents will “pay” after photos surfaced of him trying to stop Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande on September 19 – although a photographer documenting the incident said the images were “misunderstood”. went. “
Brandon Judd, president of the Border Patrol Agents Union, told the Post on Thursday that the proposed discipline “could be anywhere from a letter of reprimand to termination” but added, “I hear no termination is coming.”
Abbott also hit out at Biden over the recent revelations that 50 people on the terror watch list have been caught crossing the southern border since October.
Abbott called the growing number of potential terrorists entering the country illegally “one of the most reprehensible things the Biden administration is doing” but said he was “even more concerned about all those on the terrorist watch list.” those who fled.”
“If you’re on a terror watch list, you’ll spend more money on cartels trying to avoid getting caught,” he said.
“So this means that there is a very high probability that there are a lot of people on terrorist watch lists who have come to the United States.”
Abbott said: “The President of the United States is failing in his most fundamental duty – and that is to keep our country safe.”
The latest data compiled by US Customs and Border Protection showed that 15 people on the terrorist watch list were caught crossing the southern border in May.
This brought the number of potential terrorists apprehended during FY 2002, which runs from October 2021 to September, to 50 – over 30 in total caught crossing both the southern and northern borders during the last five financial years.
“Some of the evidence looks like the caravan is going to be somewhat overblown,” he said.
“Part of it may be due to lack of resources, part of it may be due to weather, some may be due to other conditions.”
But Abbott cautioned that “even if the caravan is breaking down, it doesn’t mean that the people who were part of the caravan aren’t going to try to make it to the United States.”
“It’s just that they can make it in one and two as opposed to bigger caravans.”