Social media is being used as a tool by Border Patrol agents to mock US migrants - GulfToday

Social media is being used as a tool by Border Patrol agents to mock US migrants

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The group that currently has the US Border Patrol agents is filled with racism.

By posting derogatory comments about female Hispanic lawmakers, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the outspoken Democratic congresswoman from New York and using the account to make memes and demean others, this group that currently has the US Border Patrol agents is filled with racism.

The group "I'm 10-15" was created in August 2016 and reportedly includes some 9,500 members, ProPublica said. The Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody" is 10-15.

ProPublica published several examples of posts it said were found in the group.

For example, a news story about a 16-year-old Guatemalan who died in Border Patrol custody elicited comments such as "Oh well" and "If he dies, he dies."

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US Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks during a press conference.

Other posts depicted fake photo montages of Ocasio-Cortez engaged in sexual activity.

Ocasio-Cortez has been a frequent critic of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which oversees the Border Patrol, and she visited CBP border facilities housing migrants on Monday.

"There are 20,000 TOTAL Customs & Border Patrol agents in the US," Ocasio-Cortez said in a message on Twitter linked to the ProPublica article.

"9,500 CBP officers sharing memes about dead migrants and discussing violence and sexual misconduct towards members of Congress," she said. "How on earth can CBP's culture be trusted to care for refugees humanely?"

Ocasio-Cortez also denounced the conditions she found at the CBP facilities she visited.

"It's not just the kids. It's everyone. People drinking out of toilets, officers laughing in front of members of Congress," the congresswoman said.

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Marissa "Passion" Robinson of El Paso L) argues with counter-protestors.

"This has been horrifying so far," she said. "It is hard to understate the enormity of the problem."

"We're talking systemic cruelty w/a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals."

Carla Provost, the head of the US Border Patrol, denounced the posts in the Facebook group.

"These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see -- and expect -- from our agents day in and day out," Provost said. "Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable."

CBP said it had launched an investigation after being "made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees."

Agence France-Presse