Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has a message for any U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official caught up in last year’s “whipping” scandal: you’ve got a job in Texas.
Abbott made the remark on Monday, stating that he would offer jobs to any Border Patrol agents who might face disciplinary action over the false and since-debunked whipping claims ginned up by President Biden and Democratic lawmakers over misleading photographs back in September.
The photos were alleged to show U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, who were on horseback, “whipping” Haitian migrants who were attempting to illegally enter the United States back in September of last year.
“If any adverse action is taken against these border patrol agents who were doing their job to secure the border,” Gov. Abbott tweeted, “then Texas will offer them a job to help TX do the federal government job to secure the border. These agents should be praised not persecuted.”
If any adverse action is taken against these border patrol agents who were doing their job to secure the border then Texas will offer them a job to help TX do the federal government job to secure the border
These agents should be praised not persecutedhttps://t.co/5hdau5yN4G
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 28, 2022
Border Patrol agents argue that there was no whipping taking place. The images reportedly showed agents using reins to control their horses, which were being maneuvered to control the migrant traffic and prevent them from escaping across the border.
The “incident” is still under investigation six months later. It all began near the end of last summer when what had started as a flood of illegal immigrants from Central America amid Biden’s disastrous border policies turned into a serious crisis of global proportions.
The situation worsened as over 10,000 Haitian migrants camped out underneath the International Bridge near Del Rio, Texas, expecting to gain entry to the United States. Outmanned and overwhelmed, and with no assistance forthcoming from the feckless Biden administration, the Border Patrol was forced to use mounted agents to patrol the border.
News that the migrants were likely to be removed from the U.S. rather than permitted to remain only made the crisis that much more explosive.
“These agents were specifically sent to that location to stop more people from crossing,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News Digital during an interview about the incident.
“That was what they were sent there to do. This was under the orders of their management which of course is under the control of Secretary Mayorkas,” he said, referring to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who, along with Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz, was initially supportive of the agents.
That changed quickly when Biden decided to wade into the issue, recklessly repeating the false “whipping” claims and telegraphing what he hoped would be the outcome of any investigation into the matter.
“To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped–it’s outrageous,” the president said at the time. “I promise you, those [border agents] will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
In the wake of the border chaos unleashed by Biden’s hapless policies, Abbott decided to do the federal government’s job and build his own border wall. And if Biden gets his way, and “consequences” are indeed meted out to the CBP agents, it looks like they’ll have a job waiting for them in the great state of Texas.
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