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Mayorkas says images from US border ‘horrified’ him

Mexico Border Migrant Camp
U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, as authorities attempt to close the border to stop the flow of migrants. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas says images of what appeared to be Border Patrol agents on horseback rounding up migrants trying to cross the U.S. southern border “horrified” him.

But Mayorkas stopped short of calling the new influx of migrants a crisis. The border town of Del Rio, Texas, has seen an influx of thousands of Haitian migrants fleeing an unstable situation in their home country and attempting to enter the U.S. through Mexico.

More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment in Del Rio.

On CNN Tuesday, Mayorkas predicted a “dramatic change” in the numbers as the U.S. continues to send them home.

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