According to Fox News, the recently revealed fact that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas knew on day one that Border Patrol agents accused of "whipping" migrants were not doing anything of the sort but didn't defend them publicly is likely to cause tension between Mayorkas and Homeland Security going forward.
"The images horrified us in terms of what they suggest and what they conjure up," Mayorkas said at a September 2021 press conference, even though he had been told hours before that no whipping had occurred and that the agents were using the long reins to control the horses.
President Biden also furthered the "whipping" narrative in separate remarks to the press, saying the agents "strapped" migrants and that "those people would pay."
When the agents' behavior was thoroughly investigated, only minor issues were found, including one agent that maneuvered his horse too close to a child and improper use of radios by the agents.
"It clearly shows they are willing to lie to the American people for their self-interests," National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said about an email that proved Mayorkas lied about the narrative even though he know the truth. "They withheld facts, and any time you withhold facts from the American people, you should step down from your job. Better men step down. This clearly shows they are not better men."
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