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Common Dreams - September 20, 2021

Progressive leaders and activists on Monday reacted with shock, disgust, and condemnation of an immigration system "designed for cruelty" toward migrants following the publication of photos showing mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents using their horse reins like whips to round up Haitian asylum-seekers along the Texas-Mexico border.

The El Paso Times reports whip-swinging agents on horseback charged at migrants carrying food and water as they waded across the Rio Grande near Del Rio, in Val Verde County, on Sunday.

According to the paper:

As the Haitians tried to climb onto the U.S. side of the river Sunday afternoon, the agent shouted: "Let's go! Get out now! Back to Mexico!"

The agent swung his whip menacingly, charging his horse toward the men in the river who were trying to return to an encampment under the international bridge in Del Rio after buying food and water in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. One migrant fell as he tried to dodge, others shielded their heads with their hands.

In video footage published by Al Jazeera, one Border Patrol agent disparages migrants, saying, "You use your women? This is why your country [censored], because you use your women for this."

See full report at Common Dreams