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Report reveals ‘disturbing’ secret Border Patrol Facebook group

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/02/19, 12:13 pm

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents made racist, sexually explicit, and callous comments about migrants and Hispanic members of Congress, according to a report published by ProPublica on Monday. Close to 9,500 current and former Border Patrol members were members of the group, the news site noted.

Some of the posts made light of the recent deaths of migrants, including a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in May. One agent wrote, “If he dies, he dies.” Other posts were sexually explicit or made racist comments about members of Congress, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Veronica Escobar, D-Texas. In one post, an agent volunteered to throw burritos at Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers in response to their planned visit to a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees Border Patrol, said it will investigate the “disturbing social media activity.” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement, “Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the report by tweeting, “This isn’t about a ‘few bad eggs.’ This is a violent culture.”

Nearly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other lawmakers on Monday visited facilities at the U.S. southern border following news reports of the detention of migrant children in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. One 12-year-old girl said in a video obtained by the Associated Press that in one facility, children were unable to bathe, had to sleep on the floor, and care for other children.

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted that migrants were forced to “drink out of toilets.” A CBP official denied the allegation, saying that the locations lawmakers toured had appliances where the sink dispenses safe drinking water but is attached to the toilet.

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $4.6 billion emergency aid package Congress approved to improve conditions at the U.S. border with Mexico.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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Comments

  • Bob C
    Posted: Tue, 07/02/2019 01:57 pm

    Rep. AOC needs to go back to New York and take care of her responsibilities representing New Yorkers who put her into office. Let the State Reps from Texas take care of Texas.  She also needs professional help for her addiction to be constantly in the media.

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    CaptTee
    Posted: Tue, 07/02/2019 02:09 pm

    If it really was a "secret Border Patrol Facebook group" how did ProPublica find out about it?

    Is this really the story of a Conservative group that was infiltrated by Progressives who attempted to make it look bad?

  • Graced
    Posted: Tue, 07/02/2019 03:15 pm

    These secret groups exist and members do get fed up and reveal the info. I know someone who was (justly) fired when something inappropriate she posted in a similar group for a different law enforcement agency made its way to her director. Sin is deceitful and people do say these terrible things.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 07/02/2019 05:21 pm

    Graced,  a friend of mine who is an IT professional told me long ago to consider anything you do online to be public information, whether searching, surfing, posting, emailing, etc. Because everything you do is available to people who know how to capture it. Hence the instruction to "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Col 4:6 KJV) and the warning "whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." (Luke 12:3 KJV)

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 07/03/2019 03:34 pm

    Threatening to throw burritos at some politician is unworthy of all the indignation being spewed out. 

     

  • GMR
    Posted: Thu, 07/04/2019 03:52 pm

    Discerning adults will hesitate to make all their thoughts known. Mature adults will ignore such sophomoric remarks.  

  • GMR
    Posted: Thu, 07/04/2019 03:50 pm

    Be sure your sin will find you out. So slow to learn and quick to forget.

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