The following is an excerpt from a report by Hill Mann on a report in which the Biden government will impose sanctions on border guards who have been falsely accused of flogging Haitian immigrants in Texas.
At the height of the Stalinist purges, Soviet Interior Minister Laurenti Beria proudly said, “Show me the man so I can find the crime in you.”
U.S. Border Patrol officers may be wondering if the Beria standard is back in vogue Biden Management. the reason: Fox News reported The Department of Homeland Security is on the move to charge several officers with administrative misconduct He was falsely accused of flogging Haitian immigrants in Texas last September.
Officers probably felt that their fate had been sealed the minute President Biden promised to punish them before the formal investigation began. Either the president is wrong, or the agents must be to blame.
The controversy began when the border patrol on September 19 responded to a large influx of illegal immigrants in Del Rio, Texas. Authorities ordered a mounted unit to be installed in an unprotected part of the border. Installed units are typically used by federal, state, and local police agencies to control the population. Officers found themselves in front of a large group of Haitian immigrants crossing the border, and they found themselves on the edge of a river to prevent them from entering.
A photographer captured the scene, which involved agents using a leash to steer their aggressive horses. While the entire videotape clearly shows officers using the leash on their bases, not on immigrants, some still images seem misleading, which seems to be the other way around. Condemnations erupted immediately from politicians and experts. Some media reports have leveled allegations of abuse as facts – such as “Whipping (of) Haitian asylum seekers“
Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Claims whipping claimedWorse than what we saw in slaveryAnd condemned cowboys who ran from Haiti and used their leashes to flog them. Senate Majority Leader (DN.Y.) Chuck Schumer criticized:Images of inhumane treatment of Haitian immigrants by border patrols – including the use of whips“, And representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Described the incident as”White supremacist behavior“
President Biden, in turn, provoked a wave of media outrage, saying: “Seeing – as you saw – it was horrible to see people being treated like that: horses are running close to them and people are strapping. This is cruel. I promise you, those people will pay“
Of course, the Soviet Union was an example of efficiency compared to Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security. Alejandro Majorcas, Who last September promised an investigationIt was completed in a few days and nine weeks. Then months passed, and Majorca and Forgiveness fell into virtual radio silence.
Maiorkas’s problem was that the whipping story was not only false, it was clearly false from the beginning. The photographer who captured the images of this incident, Paul Ratjeh, Stated In the first 24 hours that it was a lie and “no one saw a border guard whipping” immigrants. This was also evident from the videotape.
However, the president, some congressional Democrats, and many media outlets have already ruled on the case. Factors had To be guilty of something
Therefore, the agents were immersed in the suspension for months. Six months after the accident, I wrote a column President Biden’s “Justice of the Red Queen” Noting that the case sought a “classic response to such scandals.” [which] “It’s to bury them in research to wait for public attention to decline.” I noted that officials can also avoid liability “by changing the question.” For example, what began as an investigation into whether officers used leashes to flog immigrants may have led to lengthy investigations into the use of horses in population control operations. This takes a long time, and when the report is issued, the real whipping claim can be buried in a broader political debate. “This allows the media, as well as the government, to focus on policies rather than personnel.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. In addition, it is not clear why, if such an attack occurred, the discovery of the offense takes nearly ten months. Whipping immigrants is not usually considered an administrative matter.
However, if the Fox News report is true, border guards may be found guilty of administrative misconduct.
For many in Washington, the important thing is for agents to be found guilty of something – anything.
All of this is reminiscent of how President Biden rushed to make a public judgment about the deadly shooting of two men and the wounding of a third during an August 2020 riot in Kenosha, Weiss. At the time, Biden Highly implicit The accused shooter, Kyle Rittenhaus, was a “white supremacist” despite the lack of evidence. Even after many of Rythen House’s allegations were dropped and a jury acquitted him of all criminal charges, Biden publicly stated that the verdict “made many Americans feel.” Angry and worried“Including myself.”
Similarly, after the protests in Washington Lafayette Park in June 2020, Biden He repeated the claim that has now been rejected The fact that the park was cleared of tear gas to allow President Trump to take pictures, a claim that falsely challenged Bill Barr’s honesty with the full-time prosecutor. From the outset, there was ample evidence to disprove this claim, but neither Biden nor many media outlets were waiting for an investigation to prove the facts. Later the Ministry of Justice The inspector general denied the allegations.
Now, Biden, like those previously denied allegations, will have a cooperative media that is unlikely to challenge his version of what border guards have done – because they invest just as much in misrepresenting the actions of border guards.
Biden said in a statement that the officers would be punished before the investigation could begin Alice in Red Queen of Wonderland – Insisting on “first sentence – then sentence”. Given that the president had little approval, let alone an apology, officials probably have little hope. Who remained silent for months After his original claim was rejected. They will eventually have the verdict accompanying the verdict. . . The crime, of course, be named.
Jonathan Torley is a professor of public interest law at George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanTurley.