Border Patrol agents were discovered to have a private Facebook group in which they exchanged inflammatory messages, including an illustration of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving oral sex to a detained migrant.
ProPublica on Monday published a report about the three-year-old group, which is called “I’m 10-15.” The investigative nonprofit obtained posts from the group that included jokes about the deaths of migrants and throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas.
But according to ProPublica: “Perhaps the most disturbing posts target Ocasio-Cortez.”
The text accompanying the fellatio image reads: “Lucky Illegal Immigrant Glory Hole Special Starring AOC.”
Another meme shows President Donald Trump smiling as he pushes the New York Democrat’s head toward his crotch. The agent who posted the image commented: “That’s right bitches. The masses have spoken and today democracy won.”
Agents also singled out Ocasio-Cortez from among the members of Congress who were on Monday scheduled to visit a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, which has faced criticism for allegedly holding children in inhumane conditions. They noted that she has compared Border Patrol facilities to Nazi concentration camps.
One member encouraged Border Patrol agents to hurl a “burrito at these bitches.” Another, apparently a patrol supervisor, wrote, “Fuck the hoes.” “There should be no photo ops for these scum buckets,” posted a third member.
The Border Patrol did not respond to a request for comment.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes for the Border Patrol
As ProPublica noted, the Border Patrol has become a lightning rod in the culture wars over President Donald Trump’s response to a surge of immigrant families arriving at the U.S. border from Central America. Ocasio-Cortez has been a leading critic of the president’s policies, railing against them in emotional and often inaccurate terms.
The report on “I’m 10-15” – the numbers are Border Patrol code for “aliens in custody” – gave the freshman congresswoman new fodder. Soon after it was published, she retweeted a link, suggesting it proved the entire Border Patrol is morally depraved. She noted that nearly half of the agency’s nearly 20,000 agents are members of the group, which she called “racist & sexually violent.”
“They’re threatening violence on members of Congress,” she complained, apparently referring to the threat of hurled burritos. “How do you think they’re treating caged children+families?”
There are 20,000 TOTAL Customs & Border Patrol agents in the US.
9,500 – almost HALF that number – are in a racist & sexually violent secret CBP Facebook group.
They’re threatening violence on members of Congress. How do you think they’re treating caged children+families? https://t.co/AfDB50cgHQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2019
Since the Border Patrol announced last Tuesday that Commissioner John Sanders was resigning, scrutiny of conditions at border detention camps has only increased. However, as CNN anchor John King suggested last week, Trump’s immigration policy is arguably not so different from that of former President Barack Obama. The Associated Press recently noted in a fact check that Obama operated and in some cases built the detention centers liberals are now bemoaning.
Amid the uproar, Congress on Thursday passed a $4.6 billion bill to fund humanitarian aid for migrant children. But Ocasio-Cortez joined a handful of other Democrats in opposing the legislation for fear the money would go toward enforcement of immigration law.
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