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Mayorkas: Border Agents With Reins "Conjured" The Worst Elements Of Our "Ongoing Battle Against Systemic Racism"

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said on Friday the images of border agents on horses with reins trying to corral migrants running "conjured up" the worst elements of the ongoing fight against systemic racism in the United States.

"I want to make one important point," Mayorkas said. "In the midst of meeting these challenges, we — our entire nation — saw horrifying images that do not reflect who we are, who we aspire to be, or the integrity and values of our truly heroic personnel in the Department of Homeland Security."

"The investigation into what occurred has not yet concluded," he said. "We know that those images painfully conjured up the worst elements of our nation’s ongoing battle against systemic racism."


"It was on Friday when I was — actually, it was on Monday, I believe, when I was in Del Rio on the ground and I made the statements without having seen the images. I saw the images on the flight back, and I made the statement that I did with respect to what those images suggested," Mayorkas said later in the briefing.

"The horses have long reins, and the image in the photograph that we all saw, and that horrified the nation, raised serious questions about what it — let me finish — about what occurred and of — as I stated quite clearly, it conjured up images of what has occurred in the past," he added.

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