U.S. lawmaker Ocasio-Cortez says detained migrants told to drink toilet water

U.S. lawmaker Ocasio-Cortez says detained migrants told to drink toilet water

The trip rapidly spiraled out of control as the politicians used social media to report en masse what they had found, the arguments they had had with staff and the abuse they suffered from anti-immigration protesters outside.

'U.S. Customs and Border Protection was made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees, ' the head of CPB's internal affairs unit Matthew Klein said Monday.

"We encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take immediate steps to alleviate unsafe overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley", the Office of the Inspector General said in a letter to DHS officials.

The group is titled "I'm 10-15", which references Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody", and is reportedly comprised of 9,500 current and former agents, although it's unclear how many of them are still in active service. There have been six known deaths of migrant children in USA custody since last fall. Group members posted offensive graphics, including a photo illustration of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump; discussed plans to disrupt a congressional visit to a Border Patrol facility; and joked about the deaths of migrants.

"Where Old Patrol meets New Patrol", the group described itself, according to images ProPublica shared.

Fellow Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib also called for urgent reform of the detention system, saying it's not only children that are suffering.


"What we saw today was unconscionable", Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said. "They missed them", she said.

Rapinoe accepted, tweeting back, 'Consider it done. CBP employees are expected to adhere to CBP's Standards of Conduct, Directive N. 51735-013A both on and off duty, which states, "Employees will not make abusive, derisive, profane, or harassing statements or gestures, or engage in any other conduct evidencing hatred or invidious prejudice to or about one person or group on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability". In another thread, members of the group made fun of a video of a man trying to carry a child through a rapid river in a plastic bag.

'At least it's already in a trash bag, ' one poster said of the child.

Daily Mail's David Martosko confronted Ocasio-Cortez over the photo on Twitter.

'Sous-vide? Lol, ' another wrote, referring to a method of cooking where the food is placed in a plastic pouch.

CBP Chief Carla Provost said the following: "These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see-and expect-from our agents day in and day out".


"This isn't about "a few bad eggs". "Don't let the air condition [ing] out", she mocked, before noting that Ocasio-Cortez was among the Democrats who voted against additional border funding for the Trump administration-or "aid package" as Conway called it. "If she had her way, you would not be getting the $4.3 billion", Kilmeade continued.

As of 2017, only 5 per cent of the CBP workforce was female.

For nearly two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. "People are supposed to be in those facilities for a couple of hours so agents can get their fingerprints, identify who they are, place them under DACA control and in the case of families, eventually released", he continued.

A spokesperson for Facebook tells SPIN they are "looking into this". More than half of them were kept outside and those inside were kept in cells more than five times the capacity.

The row erupted as immigration officials said they would investigate a secret Facebook group of more than 9,000 current or former immigration agents.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not responded to the politicians' comments. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) were denied access to the Homestead detention center near Miami.


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