DHS Secretary Mayorkas knew Border Patrol Agent whipping story was fake but ran it anyway

New information has surfaced that Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas knew the story of border patrol agents whipping immigrants was false and decided to take the story to the media anyway.

Less than three hours before the press conference, one of Mayorkas’ staff members wrote him an email relaying the narrative of photographer Paul Ratje. He snapped the popular images and claimed the salacious account of what happened was untrue.

Ratje said, “I’ve never seen them whip anyone. He [Border Patrol agent] was swinging it [reins] but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”

Mayorkas let the media run with the false narrative, even stoking the fire by calling for an investigation.

He promised, “The investigation will be all-encompassing; we will not cut a single corner.”

Even the President jumped on the bandwagon, saying, “It was horrible to see what you saw, to see people treated like they did—horses barely running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay…. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. But beyond an embarrassment it’s dangerous, it’s wrong.” 

Vice President Kamala Harris commented similarly, stating that it reminded her of the “times of slavery.”

Retired Horse Patrol Commander George Syer said the conduct of the border patrol agents was standard procedure. He explained, “It’s a training tool, and it’s a training aid if a horse does not want to cooperate with its rider.”

The involved agents were ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, but four faced disciplinary charges for endangering migrants. 

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