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Department of Homeland Security officials and White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday that the use of horse patrols had been suspended temporarily in Del Rio.

"I can also convey to you that the secretary also conveyed to civil rights leaders, earlier this morning, that we would no longer be using horses in Del Rio, so that is something a policy change that has been made in response," Psaki said.

The Biden administration continues to face questions about how it is handling a surge of Haitian migrants crossing the southern border. Thousands of migrants were living in a makeshift camp this week along the river bank separating Del Rio, Texas, from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.