Former Border Patrol horse coordinator dispels whipping accusations: ‘A bunch of BS’
Widespread photos depicting tense scenes between U.S. Border Patrol brokers and Haitian immigrants have amplified the rising listing of issues dealing with the Biden administration on the southern border.
Accusations swirled within the media this week of brokers utilizing whips to discourage migrants from getting into the nation after photos and movies of horseback patrols emerged.
“It is a bunch of BS,” Rowdy Ballard advised “America’s Newsroom” Friday.
Ballard was Del Rio, Texas‘ horse coordinator for six years and spent 17 years on horseback for Border Patrol earlier than getting into retirement.
“All of us have the identical message: we do not carry whips,” he mentioned.
Footage of brokers mounted on horseback making an attempt to corral incoming migrants shortly grew to become a goal for presidency officers. Hordes of Haitians have been seen crossing the Rio Grande with brokers driving them backward and in at the very least one case grabbing an immigrant’s shirt collar. Others confirmed brokers twirling their reins to coax the horse in sure instructions, which many mistook as brokers deliberately whipping the Haitian immigrants.
“It was only a type of a stress launch,” Ballard mentioned. “It was a tense scenario. The horses have been a bit reluctant to do the job that the brokers have been asking… twirling the reins was simply one other software they used to get the horses to do what they’re asking.”
Ballard argued the Border Patrol would not prepare any of their brokers to whip unlawful immigrants and brokers hardly put arms on individuals “except they’re not compliant.”
Regardless of the narrative framing brokers as mistreating immigrants, Ballard prompt that in some instances, immigrants put brokers in harmful conditions by attempting to seize their reins or lay arms on their horses.
“You do not need anybody to put arms in your horse,” he mentioned, explaining that one flawed transfer may topple the horse and create a life-threatening scenario for anybody concerned.
The misinterpreted photos sparked outrage on the left, as White Home press secretary Jen Psaki advised reporters this week the president and administration have been “horrified by the photographs of the Border Patrol officers and that habits.”
Fox Information confirmed with DHS horse patrols won’t be used in the interim and brokers below investigation have been positioned on administrative obligation whereas the investigation ensues.
“The horse is a good software we have used for nearly 100 years now,” Ballard mentioned. “And with that going, it is going to be tougher to patrol that space.”
“It is irritating for the blokes within the subject as effectively. I imply, they have been requested to do a job they usually did it to the perfect of their skills. And now… they’re struggling the whiplash from this.”