Herding Haitians. Lies and More Lies about Our Mounted Border Patrol

Last week border patrol agents on horseback near Del Rio, Texas were seen using their long reins to control their horses as they drove migrants attempting to illegally cross the border back into the Rio Grande River.

What we saw WAS NOT a return to slavery, as fatuous California congresswoman Maxine Waters insisted during one of her typically hysterical rants.

Anybody who has ever ridden a horse—and clearly most of the oblivious leftist media and their Democrat masters in Congress fall into that category—know that those agents weren’t “whipping” Haitians with their long reins, but using them to keep their skittish horses under control as Haitians attempted to grab bridles and bits.

But hey, never let the facts get in the way of yet another sham narrative about racial intolerance.

Here’s what Waters and a flock of other misinformed useful idiots said after looking at photos and videos of mounted Border Patrol agents doing their jobs.

Useful Idiot “Mad” Maxine Waters

“We’re saying to the president and to everybody else, you’ve got to stop this madness,” Waters screamed to a compliant and obedient media outside Capitol Hill Wednesday. “And I want to know, in the first place, who’s paying these cowboys to do this work? They have got to be gotten rid of. They’ve got to be stopped. It cannot go on. They are trying to bring us back to slavery days and worse than that.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly called the images “horrific.”

Dumb as a rock Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called agents’ actions a “stain on our country,” while Congress’s resident anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar, said it was “cruel, inhumane, and a violation of domestic and international law.”

What the mounted agents did was, in fact, standard operation procedure and well within the laws of the land.

Mounted border patrol agents pushing illegal migrants back into the Rio Grande

Maybe a little historical perspective and context is required here. Unlike the frenzied socialist media, agitated members of Congress, and our stumbling, bumbling president, who quickly piled on the border patrol agents, I have done some research into our mounted border patrol agents.

Horses have been used since 1904 when “Mounted Guards,” or inspectors of the now-defunct U.S. Immigration Service patrolled the southern border of the U.S.

The guards once operated out of El Paso, Texas, and patrolled as far west as California, on the lookout for migrants trying to illegally cross the border.

Horses were more valuable to the agents than uniforms – which would come four years later. New recruits furnished their own horse and saddle, while the government supplied oats and hay for the animals.

Mounted Border Patrol Agent Ca 1930

Then, in 1924 the U.S. Border Patrol was established after Congress passed the Labor Appropriation Act. Its mission was to secure the borders between inspection stations and patrol the seacoast. In 1935 the Border Patrol began using motorized vehicles, but to this day, agents use horses to traverse terrain inaccessible to other means of transit.

The fact is those mounted agents (not “cowboys,” as Waters insisted) were doing their jobs last week trying to keep Haitian and other migrants from entering our nation illegally. They have been doing that for more than 100 years.

It is interesting to note that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz both said last Monday that they did not see anything wrong with the images, and Mayorkas even pointed out agents use long reins to control their horses, not whips, in difficult terrain. Ortiz also noted that agents often can’t tell the difference between smugglers and migrants.

How quickly both Mayorkas and Ortiz changed their tunes when our somnolent President opened his mouth and let fly with this threat:

“It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said.

What, me worry? I’m the President

Never mind that those “people” were just doing their jobs and following long-established and lawful practices.

But Biden, egged on by frenzied reporters, continued to disparage and threaten our mounted border patrol agents.

Here is his rambling, muddled comment to reporters last week:

“I’m president but it was horrible to see what you saw, to see people treat it like they did — horses nearly running over people being strapped. It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay. They will be — there is investigation underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment, beyond an embarrassment. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world, sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

The Border Patrol agents’ union quickly disputed Biden’s characterization.

“Even though the White House acknowledged there is an ongoing investigation, saying that the agents “will pay” shows that they aren’t truly interested in the results. The photographer who took the photos said that nobody was whipped. Deciding they did something wrong without any form of due process — that should not be who we are,” Border Patrol Council Vice President Jon Anfinsen said.

Some Democrats and media outlets falsely described the agents’ long reins, which they use to control their horses, as “whips.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, yet another useful idiot condemned what she described as “the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.”

Haitian migrant attempting to grab horse’s bridle and bit

With a little basic knowledge and two brain cells, anyone knows those agents use split reins. They do use them as a whip, on their horse’s necks. This helps get a quicker response from the horse, especially when the horse may be hesitant with groups of people or other animals.

Here’s a fact. We have a president who is unconcerned about those crossing our border illegally—and has, in fact, invited them to do so by opening our borders. He seems oblivious to the fact that un-vetted illegal aliens are streaming by the hundreds of thousands into our country—many unvaccinated and infected with Covid-19.

The National Border Patrol Council, the union representing border patrol agents, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the “outrageous claims by the Biden administration.”

It said that Psaki, as well as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, “made outlandish and irrational claims about being horrified by images that show Border Patrol agents on horseback using authorized equipment and techniques to deter and prevent a large group of people from illegally entering the United States in Del Rio, Texas.”

The union slammed the Biden administration for having the privileged position to complain about the border crisis which it argued it largely enabled by relaxing border restrictions and exacerbated by not providing border patrol agencies the guidance and resources to deal with it.

“Again it is clear that those ‘in charge,’ a term that is disgusting to use, have no clue about our operations and frankly operate by ignorance and unhinged emotions,” the union said.

Rather than being punished those agents on horseback should be given medals for enforcing American immigration laws despite the Biden administration’s opposition and unwarranted attacks.

We all know what is going on here. It’s really quite simple. The Biden administration and the Democrat party see these hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders month after month as potential Democrat voters. The more illegals the Biden administration allows to break our laws and cross our borders, the more voters—legal and illegal—the Democrat party gains and the longer socialists can remain in power.

The agents we saw on horseback doing their jobs have been suspended or relieved of their duties. That is outrageous. It’s Biden the confirmed plagiarist and habitual liar who should step down before he completely destroys our nation.

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6 thoughts on “Herding Haitians. Lies and More Lies about Our Mounted Border Patrol”

  1. “… who’s paying these cowboys to do this work?” — Maxine, you are. You and your colleagues voted on the budget to pay them. And you voted on the laws “these cowboys” are trying to enforce. Specifically, Nancy Pelosi is paying them because it was her budget. But this may be too complex for Maxine to understand. How easy it must be to complain about those who enforce your laws. (Ron, this is the first time in too long that the comment system has allowed a comment. I hope the issue has been resolved.)

    • Thanks for the comment, James. I’m not sure why you were not allowed to comment before now. You are listed as a subscriber. I hope the issue is finally resolved. Maxine Waters is as close to an idiot as you will find in Congress.

      • Mad Maxine sicced the FBI on me 25 years ago on a totally fake allegation she pushed for political reasons. I hope the border guards are exonerated as quickly as I was when I told my interrogators they were chasing a bogus account.

        • What were the grounds for Maxine sending the Feds after you? This woman is worse than the Wicked witch of the East. In fact, she may be the offspring of that witch and one of her flying monkeys.

  2. A misguided “journalist” named Gary Webb typed up a batch of libel Maxine seized on for political purposes. She insisted on a full investigation of the totally bogus allegations. Fortunately, she got her full investigation, which promptly showed what substance Mad Maxine was/is full of. It appears she has not learned from her own history.


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