Posted on September 29, 2021

‘Border Patrol Are Leftover Racist White Men,’ Says Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson

Thomas Kika, Newsweek, September 27, 2021

Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida had harsh criticism for the U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday amid backlash to the agency’s handling of Haitian migrants.

Wilson appeared on the local news program, This Week in South Florida, to discuss the ongoing issue, reiterating her strong and vocal criticism from the past week. The congresswoman represents Florida’s 24th District, which encompasses parts of the Miami metropolitan area and, according to Local 10, is home to the largest population of Haitian immigrants in the U.S.

“The Border Patrol are leftover racist white men who do not like immigrants, and what really made them angry is that these were Black immigrants,” Wilson said.

Wilson later discussed her past criticism of the Border Patrol for keeping migrant children in cages and alleged that she required a security detail due to the violent threats that these comments brought upon her.

“I’m a victim of the Border Patrol myself,” she said. {snip}


The Border Patrol became embroiled in a new controversy on Tuesday when pictures and videos emerged allegedly showing agents on horseback using their leather reins to whips Haitian migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border. {snip}