A single picture gets posted and it goes viral.
The picture is a deceptive angle, not intentionally, that makes it appear as though something far worse than actually happened.
Rather than investigate the incident, top officials in this administration jumped to the wrong conclusions.
I am, of course, speaking of the Border Patrol officers on horseback that were wrongly accused of whipping migrants.
The fact is, those migrants never should have been there in the first place and this entire incident could have been prevented.
The Wall Street Journal is now putting the entire debacle at the border regarding the Haitian immigrants on Mayorkas’ shoulders.
It Was Alejandro
Ironically, when supporting video of the incident was initially reviewed, Mayorkas took the agents’ back.
It was only after outrage from Biden and Harris that Mayorkas changed his tune.
His reversal was so drastic, he even told the media that the investigation would be wrapped up in days, when the agents would learn their fate.
Well, here we are, months later, and there is still no investigation that has been completed.
Or, more than likely, the investigation came up empty, so Mayorkas is trying to figure out what else he can pin on these agents.
However, as the Wall Street Journal noted, that was only one aspect of this complete and utter failure.
WSJ reported, “In August, as intelligence reports showed large groups of Haitian migrants in southern Mexico preparing to move north, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to deport about 600 Haitians who had recently crossed the border.
“Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security secretary, signed off on the [Haitian] deportations, people familiar with the matter said. But he reversed the decision and ordered them released after immigration advocates flagged that the migrants were eligible for deportation protection since they arrived before July 29 [qualifying them for a prior Mayorkas welcome policy], the people said …
“News of their release spread on Haitian social media. A month later [in September], about 30,000 Haitians crossed the border near Del Rio, Texas, with thousands crowded under a bridge. Those later arrivals, who didn’t qualify for the temporary deportation relief, were subject to a large-scale deportation campaign. The U.S. sent 58 deportation flights to Haiti in September, up from two the previous month, according to public flight tracking data.”
To this point, the administration has done its best to blame the Trump administration for the disaster at the border.
For the most part, the mainstream media has allowed this narrative, so this is a major pushback on that front.
It’s a baby step by the media to hold this administration accountable, but at least it is a step in the right direction.