However, DHS will not drop it. The IG knows the agents did nothing wrong, but the Biden admin has to save face after treating the agents like criminals.
Remember the photos and videos showing border patrol agents on horseback supposedly whipping Haitian migrants at the border?
Remember when Biden and Harris condemned the men? Remember when DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the photos “horrified” him?
We have common sense in the DHS, though! It’s obviously not coming from Mayorkas because our border situation still sucks.
The DHS Office of Inspector General (IG) announced it will not investigate the border patrol agents:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initially referred the investigation to DHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG declined to investigate and referred the matter back to CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR then immediately commenced investigative work, including its review of videos and photographs and the interview of witnesses, employees, and CBP leadership. OPR has followed customary process in its investigation of this matter.
Once completed, the results of the investigation will be provided to CBP management to determine whether disciplinary action is appropriate and, if so, the specific discipline to be imposed. At that time, the employees will be afforded due process, including an opportunity to respond, and any corrective actions will comport with applicable laws and regulations. The disciplinary process, which is separate from the fact-finding investigation, is subject to certain timelines established in CBP’s labor-management agreement with the employees’ union of the United States Border Patrol.
DHS remains committed to conducting a thorough, independent, and objective investigation. DHS will share information, as available, consistent with the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and individuals’ privacy.
So DHS as a whole has not dropped the investigation.
But the news is significant because the IG usually handles serious allegations and investigations. The IG would investigate the situation “if the conduct involved allegations of possible criminal activity.”
Biden promised “consequences” for the border patrol agents.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said the IG’s “decision indicates that Biden overstepped in September when he promised consequences for the agents.”
The agents did not do anything wrong. The IG will not investigate so DHS needs to drop the case.
Mayorkas promised swift and quick results, but it’s been two months. This is the first update in a while.
Could it be because there is nothing there? Mayorkas, Biden, Harris, and the rest of them will have more eggs on their faces.DONATE
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