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Border Patrol Head Condemns Agents' Facebook Posts

Secret group unearthed as lawmakers tour Texas facility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2019 2:51 AM CDT
A grandmother protesting the treatment of children in Border Patrol custody walks back to her car by a fence at a holding center in Clint, Texas, July 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
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(Newser) – The head of the US Border Patrol on Monday slammed as "completely inappropriate" sexually explicit posts about US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in fetid, filthy conditions, the AP reports. Some of the posts were graphic, doctored images of Ocasio-Cortez, including one that shows a smiling President Trump forcing her head toward his crotch.

Other comments refer to Ocasio-Cortez and Escobar as "hoes," and one member encouraged agents to throw a "burrito at these bitches." Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn't surprised by the posts, especially after the treatment of migrants she said she witnessed at the facility. "It's just indicative of the violent culture that we saw," she said. Democrats delivered an emotional denunciation of what they saw inside the border facilities as protesters shouted that they didn't believe them. "When we went into the cell, it was clear that the water was not running ... in fact, one of the women said that she was told by an agent to drink from the toilet," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas and twin brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro. Castro said there would likely be a Congressional investigation into the Facebook posts.

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