Joe Biden has been silent all week on the latest crisis facing his Administration. The vice president, Kamala Harris, spoke, who said she was shocked by the “horrible” images of the persecutions and captures of Haitian migrants who crossed from Mexico to Texas. The Department of Homeland Security announced an investigation. But the president of the United States was silent. Until the morning of this Friday, when from the White House, after making statements about the Government’s response to the coronavirus, the Democrat has used the forcefulness that he had not shown before and has assured that “there will be consequences” for those responsible.
“Seeing people treated that way, with the horses almost running over, people tied up. It was outrageous. I promise that they will pay for it ”, said the president. A reporter has questioned Biden about whether he was taking responsibility for what happened, to which the president answered affirmatively and resoundingly. “Of course I am responsible, I am the president,” he recalled. It was then that the Democrat added that the situation was already being investigated and when he emphasized that there would be consequences.
For Biden, for the president, the word shame was not enough to determine the past. “It goes beyond shame,” said the Democrat. “It is dangerous,” he added. “It’s wrong,” he added. “Send the wrong message to the world or to our country,” he continued. “It’s just not who we are,” he concluded.
The migrant camp that formed under the bridge between Del Río, on the US bank of the Rio Grande, and Ciudad Acuña, in Mexico, is dismantled this Friday. Two machines with shovels sweep the property where almost 15,000 migrants settled, most of them Haitians, on their way to the United States. Many began being deported Sunday by the Biden Administration. They had been sleeping there for days. Those who were lucky had cloth tents or had improvised shelters out of branches and straw. He was flying land, a lot of land.
Food and water, according to those who were there, were scarce and the women gave birth on cardboard. The danger of being deported to a country they left years ago stopped many in their attempt to continue to the United States. And the images of US agents using horses to catch people, grabbing them by their clothing and throwing the animals at them caused many to retrace their steps.
After the weekend, dozens crossed back into Mexico, to another makeshift camp. With water up to the torso, with children in their arms, with bags, as they could. Another truck is now spraying water on the lot under the bridge to flatten the dirt. Temperatures have exceeded 35 degrees this week. Now, from the air, only two lines of people are seen waiting to be processed by immigration authorities. And fences that form rows. When their cases are finished, the camp will be gone.
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