The past week was dominated by an influx of migrants, many Haitian, descending on Del Rio, Texas, and the subsequent Biden administration response. One particular incident caught on camera showed mounted border patrol agents corralling migrants, and a row ensued over whether the migrants were whipped.
Although Democrats said they were outraged by the image, the photographer behind the image said the incident was misconstrued.
Here are the quotes of the week.
“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.”
– President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
“I think a lot of the world sees Joe Biden and just laughs at the statements he made yesterday. You just mentioned or played a clip there, he said we don’t seek a new Cold War. Well, of course, we don’t seek a new Cold War. We would rather have peace with all nations. But when China is waging a Cold War against the United States, we don’t have a choice whether we’re in it or not. We only have a choice to win or to lose.”
– Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, reacts to Biden’s U.N. speech.
“Well, I think, in that circumstance, and I think our relationship with the United Kingdom and with Prime Minister Johnson is so strong and abiding we will be able to move forward beyond this. He called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance.”
“This has been an incredibly heart-wrenching issue. We’ve watched the photos of Haitians gathering under a bridge, many with families, and the horrific video of the CBP officers on horses using brutal and inappropriate measures against innocent people.
“We’re not going to stand for that kind of inhumane treatment and, obviously, we want this investigation to be completed rapidly.”
– Psaki on the images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who pursued Haitian migrants on horseback.
“What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery. Cowboys with their reins, again, whipping Black people, Haitians, into the water where they’re scrambling and falling down when all they’re trying to do is escape from violence in their country.
“I’m pissed. I’m unhappy, and I’m not just unhappy with the cowboys, who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them. I’m unhappy with the administration.”
– Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, on the images.
“You know, Obama didn’t care about Europe. Trump was hostile to Europe. And here you have Biden. And Biden, to be frank so far, is a big disappointment all over Europe.”
– Gérard Araud, the former ambassador to the United States from France.
“I’m turning in scripts next month on an HBO nonfiction miniseries based on events in Texas, but I can’t and won’t ask female cast/crew to forgo civil liberties to film there. What else looks like Dallas/Ft. Worth?”
– David Simon, creator of The Wire, says he won’t be filming in Texas over abortion law.
“This is Alice in Wonderland logic. Republicans claim to oppose a default, but they’re saying they’re going to vote for one anyway. They say they oppose a government shutdown, but they’re going to vote for one anyway.”
– Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the prospects of a government shutdown.
Debit limit default “could plunge the country into a recession.”
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“They have every tool to address the debt limit on their own.”
– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Republicans’ role in the debt ceiling fight.
“I have big problems … Probably [the president] and I are in a different place on that.”
– Key swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia emerged from a White House meeting with Biden Thursday declaring there had been no breakthrough on climate provisions to be included in a final Democratic-only reconciliation package.
“Would Jeff Bezos go into a Native American territory and decide to completely devastate its most sacred terrain to put up an Amazon headquarters? It makes a Disneyland of our heritage.”
– Tauriq Jenkins, one of the people opposed to Amazon’s plans to build a regional HQ in Cape Town, South Africa. Protesters believe the proposed site should actually be a World Heritage site.
“The border is certainly not open.”
– Jen Psaki on Thursday in response to a question from FNC’s Peter Doocy about whether illegal Haitian migrants are being permitted to stay in the U.S.
“This is a challenging moment that requires leadership. It is unfortunate that, instead of participating in a solutions-oriented policy process, Special Envoy Foote has both resigned and mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation.”
– State Department spokesman Ned Price takes a shot at Daniel Foote, the U.S. special envoy to Haiti, who resigned over what he called “inhumane” treatment of Haitians massed at the southern border.
“I promise you, those people will pay. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. But beyond an embarrassment, it’s dangerous. It’s wrong.”
– President Joe Biden on the border patrol horse photos.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone. He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
– Photographer Paul Ratje, who took the now-infamous picture.
“Yes, I wept. I wept at the complete lack of care for the human beings that are impacted by these decisions, I wept at an institution choosing a path of maximum volatility and minimum consideration for its own political convenience. And I wept at the complete lack of regard I often feel our party has to its most vulnerable and endangered members and communities — because the death threats and dangerous vitriol we’d inevitably receive by rushing such a sensitive, charged, and under-considered vote weren’t worth delaying it for even a few hours to help us do the work necessary to open a conversation of understanding.”
– Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sends a letter to her constituents Friday explaining why she wept during a House vote this week on a stand-alone provision to fund Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.