Second CBP secret Facebook. A second CBP secret Facebook has been uncovered by the media. US media revealed the existence of a second secret group of Facebook, allegedly linked to the Office of Customs and Border Protection, whose members scoffed at the situation of families of migrants trying to reach that country .
The members of the CBP secret Facebook called ‘The Real CBP Nation’ (The True CBP), of around 1,000 members, shared disparaging images and made racist comments against the Latino community.
The information was released by CNN, just a week after the discovery of a first case of similar characteristics called ‘I’m 10-15’ (I am 10-15), alluding to the code used by the Patrol Border to refer to detained migrants.
Both in the first and in the CBP secret Facebook groups, the alleged agents and ex-agents of the CBP mock the death of migrants, as well as the separation of families, or the conditions in which they are housed in detention centers at the border. Also, the media revealed screenshots that show racist or sexist publications about immigrants, as well as offensive memes about Latino legislators.
One of the aforementioned is the Democratic congresswoman of Puerto Rican descent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently denounced the terrible conditions in which children who are detained in southern migration stations are found.
These are responses from #BorderPatrol agents to a post of a news story about a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in May while in custody at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas.
In one of the publications of the first CBP secret Facebook groups, jokes were discovered about a migrant carrying a child wrapped in a plastic bag while crossing a river: “At least it is already in a garbage bag”.
After hearing the first of the cases, the interim secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, described the events as offensive and unforgivable, while the head of internal affairs of CBP, Matthew Klein, dismissed the publications of “completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity that is expected” from the agents.