Controversial Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib set her sights on members of the US Customs and Border Patrol Agency Wednesday; describing their efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country “disgusting” and “out-of-control.”
“What we all witnessed in Del Rio, Texas was disgusting not just because of the rogue, out-of-control CBP, but also because the actions were a blatant betrayal of our human rights values,” said Tlaib.
A new report from the Associated Press claims thousands of Haitian migrants camped along the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas are being released into the United States on a “very large scale.”
The administration originally told the press the refugees would be sent back to their home country earlier this week.
“Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion,” reports the Associated Press.
Many Haitian migrants camped in the Texas border town of Del Rio are being released in the U.S., two federal officials tell AP. https://t.co/9f9z8kAt3m
— Axios (@axios) September 22, 2021
“Many have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, an outcome that requires less processing time from Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance in immigration court and points to the speed at which authorities are moving, the official said,” adds the AP.
Vice President Kamala Harris emerged this week to comment on the unfolding humanitarian disaster at the US-Mexico border, saying she’s “deeply troubled” about the treatment of Haitians in Texas.
“What I saw depicted, those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were was horrible,” Harris told reporters
“I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way, and I’m deeply troubled about it,” she said.
The VP finds her issue with the border… https://t.co/gUmfRxDOp7
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 21, 2021
“I mean, talk about a country that has just experienced so much tragedy,” Harris said. “And we really have to do a lot more to recognize that, as a member of the western hemisphere, we’ve got to support some very basic needs that the people of Haiti have to get back up and to do what folks naturally want to do, be them from Haiti or in the countries in Central America. People want to stay home. They don’t want to leave home. But they leave when they can not satisfy their basic needs.”
“DHS does not tolerate the abuse of migrants in our custody and we take these allegations very seriously,” the department said in a statement on Twitter. “We are committed to processing migrants in a safe, orderly, and humane way. We can and must do this in a way that ensures the safety and dignity of migrants.”
Watch Tlaib’s comments above.