“It’s very sad, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said.
A U.S. law enforcement official and a source familiar with the matter told ABC News that agents were being interrogated this week as part of an internal investigation into the whereabouts of U.S. border guards fighting a Haitian refugee group.
The U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection has launched a review following public complaints that it is using excessive force against vulnerable refugees.
It is not clear how many investigations were made at this point, but a law enforcement official who spoke to ABC News said most of the interviews scheduled for this week included witnesses.
Following the incident, at least two agents were in charge. The CBP confirmed that the participating agents were on the administrative list and that the Horse Guard was still banned from operating in Del Rio, including the narrow strip of the Haitian team that gathered in September.
Process improvements to any related investigation are usually reserved for a small group of principals. Some at the top of the CBP left the loop with the goal of ensuring an independent process.
A few days after the incident, President Joe Biden gave a first-person response to the images of a Delhi rider on ABC News congress reporter Rachel Scott.
“Unfortunately, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said. “They will be – there is an ongoing investigation, and there will be results. There will be consequences.”
White House press secretary Jane Pasaki later clarified the president’s comments, saying the White House would wait for a full investigation.
“The president is not anticipating the outcome of the investigation,” Paki said in September. “The president was responding sincerely and responding to see the horrific photos we have seen over the past several days.”
Biden has repeatedly spoken out, despite his administration’s handling of confidential matters.
Biden said last month that those who rejected the House’s call for an investigation into the January 6 riots should be prosecuted, citing the importance of the Department of Justice’s independence.
Biden has previously said “no” after a report of up to $ 450,000 per settlement paid to refugee families who saw their children using the “zero tolerance” allegations at the border. Putting an unspecified price limit on the fees.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the images from Del Rio were “shocking” and that it was important to draw conclusions before learning the results.
Miorkas interrupted the journalist’s question in a press conference in Del Rio in September after the journalist’s question contained unconfirmed information.
“You are guessing the truth – if I say so respectfully – you are guessing the unconfirmed facts,” said Mantikas, who defended the cavalry as a whole before turning to border guard Raul Ortiz.