在她的每日新闻发布会上, Psaki was asked whether 拜登总统 was living up to his campaign promise of restoring America’s “作为难民和寻求庇护者的避风港在世界上的道德地位。”
“We understand and agree that this has been an incredibly heart-wrenching issue,” Psaki responded. “We’ve watched the photos of Haitians gathering under a bridge, many with families, and the horrific video of the CBP officers on horses using brutal and inappropriate measures against innocent people.”
Psaki was reacting to images of Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas – where thousands of Haitians have surged in recent days – that showed agents on horseback blocking migrants from entering the U.S. and in one case grabbing onto a migrant’s shirt.
Some Democrats and media outlets falsely described the agents’ long reins, which they use to control their horses, 如 “whips.” 众议院议长南希·佩洛西, D-Calif。, condemned what she described as “the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.”
国土安全 Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz both said on Monday that they did not see anything wrong with the images, and Mayorkas pointed out agents use long reins to control their horses, 不是鞭子, in difficult terrain. Mayorkas changed his perspective the next day, telling CNN he was “horrified” by the images.
Psaki insisted Wednesday that it’s the Trump administration whose policies were “inhumane” 和 “immoral,” and that the agents seen in the pictures had been taken off the front lines amid an investigation.
“I would also reiterate that there is an investigation that will be completed by next week, which the secretary confirmed, that will determine the next steps on both policy and personnel,” 她说. “And in the interim, those individuals were placed on administrative leave and will not be interacting with any migrants.
“So as it relates to those photos and that horrific video, we’re not going to stand for that kind of inhumane treatment and obviously we want this investigation to be completed rapidly,” 她补充说.
Adam Shaw and Peter Hasson contributed reporting.