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Border patrol Facebook posts probe. Created in August 2016, the group is called “I’m 10-15”, referring to the code used by the Border Patrol for immigrants in custody. It claims to have about 9,500 members, spread across the country, and is defined as a forum for “fun” and “serious” debate on the work of this federal agency.

The informative organization ProPublica has denounced the existence of a private group on the social network Facebook, integrated by Border Patrol agents in service and retired, who jokes about the death of immigrants, make racist aggressions against Latino officials, and post images of a sexual nature to denigrate representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Created in August 2016, the group is called “I’m 10-15”, referring to the code used by the Border Patrol for immigrants in custody. It claims to have about 9,500 members, spread across the country, and is defined as a forum for “fun” and “serious” debate on the work of this federal agency.

According to ProPublica, the topics discussed include the death of a 16-year-old Guatemalan youth in May in the custody of the Border Patrol in Weslaco, Texas. The tone is sometimes indifferent or joking, with images of Elmo (from the Sesame Street series) saying “Oh, good”, or comments like “If he dies, he dies”.

The Border Patrol has about 20,000 agents, and is under scrutiny for its treatment of migrants, especially now that there is a massive influx of Central American families, and the unfortunate conditions of the detention centers and the police have been denounced.

After receiving images of conversations in that Facebook group, ProPublica identified some of its participants as border agents, including a supervisor in El Paso (Texas). However, the organization has not been able to contact the administrators of the controversial group.

The Border Patrol has announced this afternoon that it will launch an investigation and, if it discovers that an agent has violated its internal rules, the agent will be punished for it.

Some posts have to do with the visit of Latino congressmen to the El Paso detention center, after complaints about inhumane conditions in some facilities. One user encouraged agents to throw burritos at the representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Verónica Escobar, referring to them with insults.

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In the case of Ocasio-Cortez, who has denounced the detention centers as concentration camps, a false image was also published in which she pictured giving oral sex with a migrant in one of those facilities.

A Salvadoran migrant and his two-year-old daughter drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande and smuggle into the United States through Mexico last week. The picture released by the US media shocked the world.

A Salvadoran migrant and his two-year-old daughter drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande to smuggle into the United States from Mexico. Both bodies were found Monday in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

According to a report from Mexican Justice, Oscar Martinez and a 25-year-old cook. He arrived with his 21-year-old partner and daughter, Angie, two years old, the week before in the Matamoros area, after crossing all of Mexico. This Sunday, in the afternoon, the family tried to cross the Rio Bravo, which runs along the border between Mexico and the United States. The father would have taken his daughter on her back, stalling her inside his T-shirt. But the violent currents were too strong: they drowned, under the eyes of the mother, who survived and managed to reach the Mexican shore.

A photo of the two bodies broadcast by the US media has shocked public opinion in El Salvador and the United States. We see the father and his daughter on the belly, floating on the shore. The image is a reminder of the photo of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian child whose body was found in Turkey in 2015.

This incident may worsen the situation in Mexico: the government is already criticized for its attitude towards migrants. In late May, Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican products imported into the United States, if Mexico failed to reduce the wave of illegal migrants. The United States gave 45 days to Mexico, starting June 7, to take measures that would regulate illegal immigration from Central America. Some 15,000 soldiers have been deployed on the border with the United States.

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Already in campaign. Always prompt for searing announcements, unfiltered attacks or promises that sometimes flirt with populism, Donald Trump should not give up, as he is preparing to announce this Tuesday in Orlando, Florida his candidacy for a new mandate at the head of the United States.

So, true to his unsophisticated style, the American president cracked, a few hours before his meeting in Florida, a tweet whose content recalls those he published, while he was campaigning against Hillary Clinton for the accession to the White House in 2016.

Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a good job of stopping people …….

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people,” Trump twitted.

The president of the first world power added that Guatemala was “ready to sign an agreement” according to which migrants entering its territory will have the obligation to apply for refugee status there rather than in the United States. The latter face an influx of migrants from Guatemala and other poor Central American countries affected by gang violence.

Donald Trump, who has used the term “invasion”, has made the fight against illegal immigration one of his administration’s priorities. During his election, he had promised to erect his famous “wall” on the border between the United States and Mexico. A promise that has long faced funding problems and is still sometimes blocked by US justice.

Earlier Monday, the United States also confirmed that it would not provide new financial aid to Central American countries until it implemented “concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants arriving. at the US border. “

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