Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Meyerkas said on Tuesday that images of Border Patrol agents riding migrants trying to cross the southern border “horrified” him, but he refrained from calling the new influx of migrants a crisis. Gave.
Meyerkas told CNN that “mistreatment or abuse of any migrant is unacceptable” and added, “The pictures I have seen have deeply disturbed me.” But he would not explicitly say whether he depicted abuse or abuse, instead deferring a promised investigation.
“It disregards all the values we want to instill in our people,” Meyerkas said, adding that the department will address the situation “with all its might” once the investigation is complete.
The Office of Occupational Responsibility is leading the investigation, and personnel will be on the ground full time monitoring the situation in the border town of Del Rio, Texas, which has seen an influx of thousands of Haitian migrants fleeing the volatile situation at their home. country and attempts to enter the Americas through Mexico.
More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from a camp in Del Rio, and Mayrakas predicted a “dramatic change” in the number of migrants there within the next two to four days as it continues the evacuation process.
The latest increase in border migration has prompted Republicans to resume attacks on Democrats for what they say are a failure to address the crisis at the US border. But on CNN, Meyerkas declined to call the situation a “crisis”, saying only that it was a “heartbreaking situation” and a “tremendous challenge”.
“I don’t in any way downplay the humanitarian issue, but I want to make it clear that we have a plan to address it,” he said.
Mayercas said 600 Homeland Security personnel, including the Coast Guard, had been brought to Del Rio. He said he has sought help from the Defense Department to help with the fastest, mass expulsion of migrants and refugees from the United States in decades.
Speaking from Del Rio on Monday, Mayrakas warned Haitians not to come to the US, noting that while a temporary extension in protections from deportation for Haitians was extended until July 29, those protections no longer apply to new immigrants. Huh.
“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be turned back. Your trip will not be successful, and you will put your life and that of your family at risk,” he said.