The Biden administration confirmed Wednesday it has banned the use of horses at the southern border after false claims that Border Patrol used "whips" against Haitian migrants. Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the images of border agents on horseback "horrible and horrific" and noted that an investigation is ongoing.
"I can also convey to you that [DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] also conveyed to civil rights leaders earlier this morning that we would no longer be using horses in Del Rio," she said.
The claim that Border Patrol agents used whips was quickly debunked by Mayorkas and Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz on Monday, who explained that agents were wielding long reins to control their horses under challenging rivers. However, as controversy began to grow, Mayorkas walked back his initial comments.