State of the Union
9:29 am EDT
JAKE TAPPER: There’s been a lot of controversy about the images of border agents on horseback addressing migrants at the border. Take a listen to what President Biden said about the investigation into those agents on horseback and how they treated the border, and what you said about that investigation into that.
JOE BIDEN: I promise you, those people will pay. They will be – investigation under way now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.
MAYORKAS: I will not pre-judge the facts. I do not in any way want to impair the integrity of the investigative process.
TAPPER: But, Mr. Secretary, you also said that the images “horrified us.” How can DHS claim to have an independent investigation into these border patrol agents when the president says “those people will pay” and you say the images horrified us?
MAYORKAS: Jake, I think it’s quite clear that what the images suggest horrified the American public. That is quite different than learning what actually happened, determining the facts, and the fact determinations will be made in an independent investigation by the Office for Professional Responsibility . . . What those images suggest, what they appeared to portray, was horrifying, and that I think deserves attention. That is quite different than fact determinations
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TAPPER: That’s the thing. Some of the initial descriptions of those images were just patently false. There’s now video out there that provides more context. Having seen the video, are you certain that there was actually wrongdoing?
MAYORKAS: I am going to let those investigators make that determination.
TAPPER: Can the Border Patrol count on you and President Biden, who has said the people will pay, to come to a determination based on the facts and not based on Twitter outrage?
MAYORKAS: They sure can, and let me say something about that, Jake. Because I worked very closely with the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for many years. Many, many years, and they are heroic, what they do. And I saw their heroism displayed in Del Rio, Texas, last Monday, when I was there on the ground. And that is emblematic of who they are, their commitment to this country, their talent, and tireless dedication to mission. I’m incredibly proud to work alongside them.
TAPPER: Well as you know, a lot of those agents on horseback, they’re on horse because there are no roads in so many parts of the border, and a lot of them have saved the lives of migrants trying to cross the river.
The nice words you said about them, you should probably share with President Biden, not just with, not just with me today. Thank you so much for your time today, Secretary Mayorkas.
September 26, 2021 4:52 pm