'Horrific': US Border Patrol agents whipped, rounded up migrants on horseback

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Images of US Customs and Border Protection officers on horses, whipping migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico has sparked a new row, with the White House calling the images 'horrific'. AP
Images of US Customs and Border Protection officers on horses, whipping migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico has sparked a new row, with the White House calling the images 'horrific'. AP

Images of US Customs and Border Protection officers on horses, whipping migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico has sparked a new row, with the White House calling the images 'horrific'. AP

The photos, which were captured over the weekend, showed US Border Patrol agents on horseback swinging lariats, a rope used by horse riders, while trying to block the passage of Haitian border-crossers. According to reports, some 13,000 mainly Haitian migrants have gathered in a makeshift camp under a bridge connecting Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuña on the US-Mexico border. AFP
The photos, which were captured over the weekend, showed US Border Patrol agents on horseback swinging lariats, a rope used by horse riders, while trying to block the passage of Haitian border-crossers. According to reports, some 13,000 mainly Haitian migrants have gathered in a makeshift camp under a bridge connecting Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuña on the US-Mexico border. AFP

The photos, which were captured over the weekend, showed US Border Patrol agents on horseback swinging lariats, a rope used by horse riders, while trying to block the passage of Haitian border-crossers. According to reports, some 13,000 mainly Haitian migrants have gathered in a makeshift camp under a bridge connecting Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuña on the US-Mexico border. AFP

Paul Ratje, a photographer, who was at the border, describing the scene said that the Haitians were quite scared. "The agents tried to block them, and then the one agent grabbed a man by his shirt and then kind of swung them around," said Ratje, who frequently covers border issues. "And I don't know what prompted that." AFP
Paul Ratje, a photographer, who was at the border, describing the scene said that the Haitians were quite scared. "The agents tried to block them, and then the one agent grabbed a man by his shirt and then kind of swung them around," said Ratje, who frequently covers border issues. "And I don't know what prompted that." AFP

Paul Ratje, a photographer, who was at the border, describing the scene said that the Haitians were quite scared. "The agents tried to block them, and then the one agent grabbed a man by his shirt and then kind of swung them around," said Ratje, who frequently covers border issues. "And I don't know what prompted that." AFP

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