Customs and border patrol (CBP) is back in the news and not in a good way. In particular, it as come to light that a group of agents and former agents had a facebook group where they mocked and made bad comments about migrants as well as some lawmakers. This is under investigation.
The three-year-old group, which has roughly 9,500 members, shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”
Among the group's most offensive posts were discussions of recent migrant deaths, jokes about throwing burritos at lawmakers and illustrations depicting sexually aggressive acts.
The group has 9500 members and sounds like some poor judgment for some of the posts. This comes at same time that poor conditions have been revealed at places like Clint, TX.
This is unfortunate and I hope CBP and the administration address the worst abuses and get ahead of this, rather than just counter-attacking those making the reports, such as this Fox article starts to do.
A human rights professor called for the identities of U.S. Border Patrol agents to be made public so they can be "shamed" for the mistreatment of migrants, saying a "mass atrocity" may be taking place.
Reports from longer ago, also point to a poor culture.
The former agent said that he could not stand by as he saw reports that the abuses he witnessed continue -- including the destruction of water jugs.
The border patrol is a large organization and needs support of the local communities where it operates. I expect the organization to have diversity with some inappropriate behavior – as well as folks that engage well with migrants. So I think it is both wrong to (1) tarnish the entire organization with these views and (2) have them not be addressed. We will see how this unfolds…
[unfortunately, I do see some parallels with police brutality conditions that came to light – where it became a flash point and way to rile up partisans on both extremes.]