Border Patrol Agents in Secret Facebook Group Faced Few Consequences for Misconduct   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Executive Summary: "This staff report presents the findings of an investigation launched in 2019 by the Committee on Oversight and Reform into violent and offensive posts by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in secret Facebook groups. The most prominent of these groups, a private group for Border Patrol agents called 'I'm 10-15,' had more than 9,500 members in July 2019. The Committee's investigation followed alarming media reports of CBP employees threatening harm to migrants and elected officials on the 'I'm 10-15' page. [...] The offensive images and comments on the 'I'm 10-15' Facebook group are antithetical to the CBP ethos and undermine the work carried out by dedicated CBP employees every day. Unfortunately, the agency failed to take adequate steps to prevent this conduct or impose consistent discipline on agents who engaged in it, creating a serious risk that this conduct could continue. This report makes several recommendations to improve CBP's policies, training, and disciplinary process in order to address these issues."

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