By Steve Neavling
At least 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are accused of joining a private Facebook group and other social media pages that mocked migrants and lawmakers.
CBP officials said most of employees were part of a secret Facebook group called “I’m 10-15,” which included offensive content and demeaning posts that targeted undocumented immigrants and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
One of the posts was an illustration of President Trump pushing the congresswoman’s head toward his crotch. In another post, a member encouraged agents to toss a “burrito at these bitches,” referring to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who were visiting detention centers.
In one post, commenters questioned the authenticity of a now-viral photo of a drowned man and his younger daughter.
Investigators are reviewing images, memes and comments posted on multiple Facebook groups, said Matthew Klein, a Customs and Border Protection assistant commissioner.
“To be clear, the expectations of professional conduct don’t end at the end of the shift,” Klein told journalists. “Those are our expectations of our employees.”
The case was referred to Homeland Security’s watchdog group, which chose not to investigate and returned the case to CBP.
ProPublica first reported on “I’m 10-15,” which had roughly 9,500 members.
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, who originally responded with repulsion, also posted on the page.