Chris Brown is bringing attention to the obstacles Haitian migrants are facing as they attempt to escape their country. On Monday (Sept. 20), the “Run It” singer took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the way border agents have been abusing fleeing Haitians.
“I hope everyone is seeing what is happening with the people of Haiti at the border!!!!!!!!!” he wrote on his Instagram story. “All the fucking billionaires in that state alone should be trying to help. We have no peaceful strategies.. Hurding us up like cattle farmers... Hey everyone... Please take a fucking look at what’s going on!! Please!!!??????”
In two follow-up posts, the singer shared disturbing images capturing the encounter between Haitian families seeking asylum and the U.S. border agents, who set out to reduce the number of Haitians making their way into the country.
As REVOLT previously reported, patrol officers on horseback were captured screaming and whipping migrants, forcing thousands of people to go back to Mexico or board returning flights to Haiti. Aside from Brown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to be bothered by the abuse against the Haitian evacuees.
“Reports of the mistreatment of Haitian migrants fleeing violence and devastation from natural disasters are deeply troubling, including the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants,” she tweeted.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas added he was “horrified” by the images he viewed. “That is not what our policies and our training require. Please understand, let me be quite clear, that is not acceptable,” he said in a statement. “We will not tolerate mistreatment, and we will address it with full force based on the facts that we learn.”
The DHS is currently investigating the abuse Haitian migrants are facing at the hands of border agents. “DHS does not tolerate the abuse of migrants in our custody, and we take these allegations very seriously,” the organization tweeted. “We are committed to processing migrants in a safe, orderly and humane way. We can and must do this in a way that ensures the safety and dignity of migrants.”
See Chris Brown’s post below.