Haitian migrant grabbed by the collar and whipped on horseback Border Patrol agent chases Biden administrator

A Haitian migrant who was photographed being dragged by the collar and dragged by a Border Patrol agent on horseback sued the Biden administration earlier this week for his “inhumane” treatment.

Mirard Joseph, the undocumented immigrant who said in the lawsuit he was bringing food for his wife and child, called the widely captured moment “the most humbling experience” of his life.

He is one of 11 Haitian migrants represented by lawyers from advocacy groups Justice Action Center, Haitian Bridge Alliance and Innovation Law Lab.

Widely published photos of him and other Haitian and South American refugees receiving brutal treatment from law enforcement have sparked a humanitarian outcry.

Civil rights groups that had aligned themselves with President Joe Biden condemned him after officers whipped and forcibly restrained migrants crossing the Rio Grande.

Joseph and the other 10 migrants accused the Biden administration, including Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, of physical and verbal abuse and willful disregard of asylum seekers’ rights.

Mirard Joseph (center) described being shot and whipped by a Border Patrol agent on horseback as the ‘most embarrassing moment’ of his life in a new lawsuit against the Biden administration

He and 10 other Haitian migrants are suing Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for inhumane treatment

He and 10 other Haitian migrants are suing Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for inhumane treatment

Joseph said he had crossed the Rio Grande to Mexico to bring back food and water for his young family who resided in a squalid encampment under the Del Rio Bridge.

Joseph said he had crossed the Rio Grande to Mexico to bring back food and water for his young family who resided in a squalid encampment under the Del Rio Bridge.

Their trial details the squalid conditions in which thousands of migrants were forced to reside in an encampment under the Del Rio Bridge in Texas.

At one point, there were nearly 16,000 people crammed into the tent city, overwhelming the Biden administration and prompting them to quickly evict many of them under the COVID pandemic-era health rule. -19, title 42.

The alleged Title 42 lawsuit “was brutally deployed against Haitians.”

Biden’s continued use of the Trump administration’s rule has been criticized by left-wing and immigrant-rights groups.

Joseph said his family was suffering from hunger and extreme dehydration in the encampment when he decided to cross the Rio Grande to help them.

“After Mirard emerged from the river, holding two sacks of food for Madeleine and her daughter, he encountered an officer on horseback,” the lawsuit states.

“As other officers looked on – some on foot, others on horseback or in official vehicles – the mounted officer shouted at Mirard, whipped him with split reins, grabbed him by the neck and held his collar.”

Another complainant said he saw officers on horseback cut a rope that migrants used to cross deep water

Another complainant said he saw officers on horseback cut a rope that migrants used to cross deep water

He describes a “several minute” confrontation in which Mirard’s lawyers say the officer on horseback tried to drag the father back into the river, “destroying” his shirt and knocking his shoes off.

“The officer did not release Mirard until the horse was about to trample him,” the lawsuit states.

Another complainant, identified as Esther, said she was trying to cross the river with food for her baby when she was “terrorized by officers on horseback” who were shouting “go back to Mexico”.

Several accounts mention “officers on horseback using reins as whips against people”.

Their union told the New York Times that they were simply doing what they were trained to do to deter people from getting too close to their horses and risking injury.

Reports citing public and private accounts say the Biden administration was caught off guard by the record influx of migrants at the border this year.

Migrants take shelter while waiting to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas on September 18

Migrants take shelter while waiting to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas on September 18

President Joe Biden is sued by Haitian migrants

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is also named as a defendant.

President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas are named defendants in the lawsuit filed Monday in a court in Washington, D.C.

But the lawsuit, filed Monday in court in Washington, D.C., alleged that administration officials knew there were signs of an influx of migrants as thousands of mostly Haitian migrants arrived. driven from South and Central America by poverty and climate change.

Many of them had fled Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

The lawsuit claims the Biden administration ignored steps taken to prepare humanitarian aid for incoming migrants to deter more from coming.

A person named in the lawsuit as Paul said he saw officers cut a rope that migrants used to safely cross deep water.

DHS said in a statement in November that Customs and Border Protection would investigate the incident since the Office of Inspector General declined to take action.

In September, Biden called the footage “scandalous” and vowed “consequences” would be brought against those responsible.

“It’s an annoyance, but beyond the annoyance, it’s dangerous. It’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world, it sends the wrong message home. It’s just not not who we are,” he said of the shocking footage.

Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has leveraged to address the root causes of illegal migration, compared the officers’ actions to the treatment of Native Americans and the violence ‘used against African Americans during the era of slavery “.

Elizabeth J. Harless