The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer use horses at the Texas-Mexico border where thousands of Haitian migrants have tried to seek refuge.
“We have temporarily stopped using the horse patrol at Del Rio. We’ll prioritize other methods for identifying individuals who might be in medical distress,” CNN quoted a DHS official Thursday.
The Texas Border Patrol horseback agents who appear to have been aggressively trying push migrants back are being investigated by the department.
One agent was heard to taunt a migrant, using profanities to describe Haiti.
The U.S. has been sending migrants back to Haiti. Officials announced that the camp had been reduced to 4,000 people from approximately 15,000.
Officials from immigration said that approximately 3,200 migrants had been accepted into the U.S. system.
The U.S. is also in talks with Brazil in Chile to allow some Haitians who had previously been living in those countries to return, according to The Associated Press.