US Border Patrol investigates ‘disturbing’ secret Facebook group

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US officials are investigating a secret Facebook group where border patrol members allegedly posted racist and sexist jokes about migrants and others.

The private group had about 9,500 members, including former and current border patrol agents, ProPublica reported.

Some posts mocked migrant deaths, while others targeted Latino members of Congress, ProPublica said.

The Border Patrol chief has called the posts “completely inappropriate”.

“Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable,” Carla Provost said.

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The group was called “I’m 10-15”, ProPublica said – 10-15 being Border Patrol code for “aliens in custody”.

‘Throw burritos at them’

According to ProPublica, members of the group mocked Latino members of Congress who visited migrant detention centres in Texas on Monday.

Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Veronica Escobar were among those said to have been called “hoes” and “scum buckets” in the private postings.

In one post, a member reportedly suggested throwing burritos at them, while another shared a doctored image depicting Ms Ocasio-Cortez performing a sex act on President Donald Trump.

The BBC was not able to independently verify the existence of the private group, which is not publicly accessible on Facebook.

Matthew Klein, an assistant commissioner at the CBP, said the Department of Homeland Security had launched a code-of-conduct investigation into the group.

He said a number of CBP agents may be members of the group.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the posts did not surprise her, and that they were “indicative” of what she had seen while visiting the migrant detention centre on Monday.

“I see why CBP officers were being so physically and sexually threatening towards me,” she tweeted after the trip.

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