Border Patrol agents feel ‘thrown under the bus’ by Biden
According to a top Border Patrol (BP) union official, agents are upset and feel “thrown under the bus” by higher-ups, including those in the White House.
“The agents feel like — at all levels of management, from [Customs and Border Protection] to [the Department of Homeland Security] and to the White House — that they’ve been thrown under the bus,” said Jon Anfinsen, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. “No investigation has been completed, yet you’re hearing the president say, ‘These people will pay.'”
Anfinsen’s comments come amid the highly publicized crisis at the US-Mexico border, which saw thousands of migrants gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last week. Images of Border Patrol agents pursuing Haitian migrants on horseback were widespread on social media, with some accusing the Border employees of using their reigns to whip them.
“It’s horrible what you saw. To see people like they did, with horses, running them over, people being strapped, it’s outrageous,” President Joe Biden said. “I promise you, those people will pay.”
Anfinsen said Washington, DC, “was largely not paying attention” to the situation in Del Rio, and the Border Patrol is now the scapegoat.
“They can point the blame at these agents on the ground and deflect any blame,” Anfinsen said.