The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended the use of mounted horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas, according to reports.
The news comes after photos and video went viral earlier this week of a mounted Border Patrol officers confronting migrants, and whipping at Haitian migrants was alleged, causing fervor among top Democrats. No use of whips has been documented, but an investigation was launched into the accusations.
"We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily. We'll prioritize other methods for identifying individuals who might be in medical distress," a DHS official told reporters. The Border Patrol officers involved in the controversy have been assigned administrative duties while the investigation continues.
So far, approximately 12 repatriation flights have left the United States, and 1,401 Haitian nationals have been returned to Haiti, DHS said. Another 3,206 Haitians have been moved from the Del Rio camp into Customs and Border Protection custody.
In recent weeks, there has been a surge of migrants crossing the Rio Grande into Texas, mostly trekking from Haiti or Mexico to the U.S. southern border. A DHS official told CNN the department is working with nearby countries to look into organized movements. Approximately 14,000 migrants gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
The DHS reports approximately 5,000 migrants remain at the Del Rio camp as of Thursday.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to DHS and CBP for comment but did not immediately hear back.
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