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Internal Report Shows Border Patrol Agents Did Not Strike Migrants With Reins

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Border Patrol agents reportedly did not strike migrants last September in Texas.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that an internal report found the agents acted “inappropriately and lacked proper guidance from supervisors” when confronting Haitian families.

The Office of Professional Responsibility at U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a 511-page report saying no migrants were struck by agents or denied a right to seek asylum in the United States, as the Post reported.

CBP said in a statement the report discovered “failures at multiple levels of the agency, a lack of appropriate policies and training, and unprofessional and dangerous behavior by several individual agents.”

According to the Post, the report did not make recommendations for punishment.

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The findings of the report have been sent to a CBP disciplinary review board.

CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus recognized “failures to make good decisions” at many levels of the agency.

He added, “Failures to maintain command and control over Horse Patrol Units, lack of appropriate policies and training, and the overall chaotic nature of the situation at Del Rio at the time contributed to the incident. Several agents engaged in unprofessional or dangerous behavior, including one instance in which an agent used denigrating and offensive language.”

Video of the incident went viral in 2021.

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President Joe Biden warned the agents would face consequences following the incident.

“I promise you those people will pay,” Biden said during a White House press conference at the time.

He added, “There will be consequences … It’s dangerous, it’s wrong. It sends the wrong message around the world, it sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

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Additionally, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the images and footage of the incident “horrific” and “horrible.”

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