Far-left Representative Ilhan Omar joined MSNBC’s Joy Reid in pushing a disputed theory that Border Patrol agents were using ‘whips’ on illegal immigrants at the border, describing the treatment as “obviously systematic racism.”
The controversy began with images circulating on social media which purport to show a Border Patrol agent using a “whip” to corral predominantly Haitian illegal immigrants in Texas.
Reid led Omar (D-MN) by pushing the claim.
“I was not aware that whips – which come from the slave era, slavery era – were part of the package that we issue to any sort of law enforcement or government sanctioned personnel,” she said.
Omar replied that she found it “appalling” and that “there is obviously systematic racism at play here.”
“We have seen many people come to our border, and the fact that we are dealing with mainly Black migrants and Black immigrants and asylum seekers at our border in this kind of way really speaks to the kind of racism, systematic racism that is embedded in that department and all of the departments that deal with our immigration policy,” she continued.
‘What we’ve seen was cruel, inhumane’: Rep. Omar addresses pictures that appear to show a Border Patrol agent on horseback with a whip to deter migrants pic.twitter.com/ouyuAzRwFu
And while some outlets were focusing on the agent swinging the reins ‘menacingly,’ Townhall senior writer Julio Rosas spoke with another agent who explained such actions are done to protect the horse or even to protect the person from the horse.
From a Border Patrol source: “Agents use their reins for a lot of reasons. Primarily it’s used to steer the horse, but agents will also spin them sometimes to deter people from getting too close to the horse…We are not aware of anyone being struck with the reins.” https://t.co/yxxyoAuklhpic.twitter.com/t3o3h9dJbL
Omar went on to suggest that “American policy” has “contributed to their [Haitian migrants] starvation” and as such, “we owe Haitians the right … to seek asylum.”
These developments are heartbreaking and the lack of urgency to assist is alarming. Most of these Haitian migrants have already been through a lot before they even made the dangerous journey to our border. https://t.co/0kdiRblIcf
The USCIS website indicates several reasons for a legitimate claim to asylum in the United States including persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
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