An explosive email revealed that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was told that Border Patrol agents were not whipping Haitian illegals, but he pushed the falsehood anyway.
The email was obtained by the Heritage Foundation through a Freedom of Information Act request and clearly shows the way the White House continued claims of “whipping” or “strapping” of migrants.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas knew the narrative that Border Patrol agents whipped a group of Haitian migrants was false hours before he denounced the "horrifying" incident, newly released emails show. https://t.co/4FCAruNX2s pic.twitter.com/LTqm1z5sZ6
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 13, 2022
The note relays that the photographer who took the images of the incident involving Border Patrol personnel and Haitian migrants in Del Rio said the situation was misinterpreted.
Further, the word was relayed hours before Mayorkas participated in a White House press conference in which he backed up the false story.
The erroneous image was swiftly proven wrong, but that did not stop the administration from running with the story that federal agents abused defenseless migrants.
For his part, President Joe Biden played it up instead.
Making a whipping motion with his hand, the president told reporters that it was “outrageous” to see people being “treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped.” He promised that the guilty parties would pay the price for their egregious actions.
Just hours after the president’s remarks, assistant secretary of DHS public affairs Marsha Espinosa emailed Mayorkas and other agency leaders updating the new information.
She specifically told the recipients that the photographer did not see “whipping.” Later that day, however, Mayorkas along with White House press secretary Jen Psaki continued to run with the story of abuse.
In his statement, he declared that the public “saw horrifying images that do not reflect who we are.” The secretary even brought up the country’s ongoing battle with systemic racism.”
This statement came in the same week when Mayorkas initially defended the agents and pointed out that they use long reins — not whips — to control their animals. That truth, of course, was swiftly abandoned.
Over a year later, the investigation continues. The Office of Professional Responsibility announced in July their findings that there were not even whips present and that no migrants were hit by the reins. They did allege the discovery of other wrongdoing which has not been specified.