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U.S. Border Patrol agents deter Haitians from returning to the U.S. on the bank of the Rio Grande after migrants crossed back to Mexico for food and water on Sept. 19, 2021.
U.S. Border Patrol agents deter Haitians from returning to the U.S. on the bank of the Rio Grande after migrants crossed back to Mexico for food and water on Sept. 19, 2021.

There are tons of news today on the Haitian migrant situation in Del Rio, Texas OnPolitics readers.

But before we get to that, below: Disappointing news for Democrats.

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It's Mabinty, with the news of the day.

DHS pumps the brakes on horse patrols... for now

Federal agents policing a makeshift encampment for a surge of migrant Haitians in Del Rio, Texas, have stopped using horse patrols after images surfaced of law enforcement on horseback chasing down migrants.

The images brought a swift rebuke, with lawmakers criticizing the practice as treating migrants like animals and the Biden administration vowing a swift investigation from the Biden administration. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified this week before Congress about the images.

Earlier today: A career U.S. diplomat to Haiti has resigned over the Biden administration's "inhumane" decision to send thousands of Haitians attempting to enter the U.S. back to the island nation.

Ambassador Daniel Foote, a Special Envoy for Haiti, wrote in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he could not be associated with the government's "inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees." He has been in his post for two months.

More grim news: Agents along the U.S. southwest border have encountered a staggering number of migrant deaths and carried out a record number of rescues of asylum seekers. Through the end of July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, counted 383 migrant deaths – on pace to break a record high of 492, set in 2005.

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Some not-so-good poll numbers for Biden

That's gotta hurt: President Joe Biden's job approval rating has hit a new low eight months into his term, according to a report released Wednesday by analytics firm Gallup.

The president's approval rating fell six percentage points from August to 43% — the lowest of his presidency, as tallied by Gallup — amid the withdrawal of the U.S. military and the evacuation of over 122,000 people from Afghanistan. Thirteen servicemembers died in a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul, marking the last casualties of a 20-year conflict.

A majority, 53%, disapprove of Biden's performance for the first time, according to the report.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Haiti migrant crisis: DHS suspends use of horse patrols after backlash

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