Secret Border Patrol group where joking about dead migrants is perfectly acceptable

❝ The Border Patrol Facebook group is the most recent example of some law enforcement personnel behaving badly in public and private digital spaces. An investigation by Reveal uncovered hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers who moved in extremist Facebook circles, including white supremacist and anti-government groups. A team of researchers calling themselves the Plain View Project recently released a hefty database of offensive Facebook posts made by current and ex-law enforcement officers.

❝ And in early 2018, federal investigators found a raft of disturbing and racist text messages sent by Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona after searching the phone of Matthew Bowen, an agent charged with running down a Guatemalan migrant with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The texts, which were revealed in a court filing in federal court in Tucson, described migrants as “guats,” “wild ass shitbags,” “beaners” and “subhuman.” The messages included repeated discussions about burning the migrants up…

❝ The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Joaquin Castro, reviewed the Facebook discussions and was incensed. “It confirms some of the worst criticisms of Customs and Border Protection,” said Castro, a Democrat who represents San Antonio. “These are clearly agents who are desensitized to the point of being dangerous to migrants and their co-workers.” He added that the agents who made the vulgar comments “don’t deserve to wear any uniform representing the United States of America.”

Of course, they will be defended by Trump, the GOP, and any other of the current crop of would-be conservatives whose standards place racism and bigotry above all else.

4 thoughts on “Secret Border Patrol group where joking about dead migrants is perfectly acceptable

  1. Mike says:

    Federal Inspectors Release Photos to Blast DHS for ‘Dangerous’ Overcrowding at Border Facilities : Republican congressman says migrants in border facilities ‘can leave,’ but a new report by a government watchdog shows conditions are even worse than were known. https://www.thedailybeast.com/shocking-new-photos-hundreds-of-migrants-crammed-into-border-facility
    On Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General illustrated the dire conditions in detention centers and Border Patrol stations along the U.S.-Mexico border with the release of a report warning that inspections of Border Patrol facilities along the U.S. southern border have revealed “serious overcrowding and prolonged detention” of unaccompanied migrant children. https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-07/OIG-19-51-Jul19_.pdf (includes photos)
    Figure 2. Overcrowding of families observed by OIG on June 11, 2019, at Border Patrol’s McAllen, TX, Centralized Processing Center. Source: OIG https://d.newsweek.com/en/full/1509214/border-patrol-overcrowding-dhs-oig.png?w=737&f=2966ae6507ca5a8f289fa727a275979d

  2. Little tonk says:

    A Border Patrol agent from southern Arizona with a long list of complaints will stand trial next month for allegedly running over an undocumented immigrant with his agency vehicle in 2017. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1042421/us-border-patrol-agent-long-list-complaints-heads-trial-arizona Matthew Bowen is an 11-year veteran of the agency. He was suspended without pay after he was indicted last summer. Prosecutors said last year they would introduce evidence he had injured immigrants in custody on at least four different occasions. In two of those, Bowen’s fellow agents reported him. Bowen goes to trial a month after ProPublica revealed that potentially thousands of federal immigration agents had festered in a private Facebook group mocking the deaths of migrants. It is not yet known if Bowen was a member of that social media community.
    “Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them.” (The Intercept 7/5/19) https://theintercept.com/2019/07/05/border-patrol-facebook-group/
    “The Intercept gained full access to the invitation-only Border Patrol group weeks ago and, for more than a month has collected and archived hundreds of posts that show that the content shared with ProPublica was no aberration. In fact, the Border Patrol group was a hotbed for the kind of right-wing memes and anti-immigrant hate common in some corners of the internet. The only difference is that the group — which had nearly 10,000 members at the time it was exposed and has since dwindled to a little over 4,000 — was meant to be used by current and former federal law enforcement personnel.”
    On Wednesday, Politico reported that CBP officials and Border Patrol leadership knew about the secret group for up to three years, with one former DHS official stating that CBP’s public affairs office monitored the “I’m 10-15” group “as a source of intelligence” to see “what people are talking about.” https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/03/border-agency-secret-facebook-group-1569572 Posts on the “I’m 10-15” group routinely fantasized about violent or deadly action that could be taken against migrants. See examples gathered by The Intercept

  3. ¡LA MIGRA! says:

    “A large, framed photo of far-right commentator Tomi Lauren posing with US Border Patrol officials hangs prominently on the wall of the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.
    Lauren, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump [link], has called immigrants”shifty and adaptable” [link], and has claimed they are bringing disease to the US [link]. She regularly pushes [link] alt-right conspiracy theories and believes an “invasion by foreigners” [link] is “overwhelming” the country [link]. She has also lashed out at Black Lives Matter, comparing the social justice movement to the Ku Klux Klan [link]. She now hosts a talk show on the Fox Nation streaming service.” https://qz.com/1663596/framed-photo-of-tomi-lahren-hangs-in-us-border-patrol-headquarters/ See links
    According to a United States Border Patrol Border spokesperson, “Photos [displayed in the agency’s headquarters] depict a wide range of operations, training exercises, and external engagements with parties including Administration officials, members of Congress, press, international partners, and others”

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