Congressional investigators say two Border Patrol agents had been fired from amongst 60 discovered to have dedicated misconduct for taking part in a non-public Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers
Most agents’ penalties had been considerably diminished from suggestions of an inside overview board, in keeping with the House Oversight and Reform Committee employees report. In the top, 43 others had been suspended without pay, 12 received written reprimands and three had been disciplined in different methods, similar to suspension with pay.
Customs and Border Protection’s Discipline Review Board proposed that 24 of the 60 agents be fired after news organizations reported on the group in July 2019 however solely two had been. It investigated 135 allegations of misconduct.
“I’m 10-15,” which is Border Patrol code for migrants in custody, had about 9,500 present and former agents as members, together with two company chiefs, the report stated. Carla Provost, who was chief from August 2018 till January 2020 after greater than a 12 months as appearing head, joined in 2017 and informed authorities that she used it to get an “unfiltered gauge” of reactions to her statements. Rodney Scott, who succeeded Provost till being compelled out in August, stated his membership enabled him to speak with employees and “know what the workforce is speaking about.”
CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, akin to a police division’s inside affairs workplace, discovered inadequate proof to self-discipline Provost or Scott, the report stated. Provost searched Facebook for “I’m 10-15” and was energetic on the social media website across the time of the offensive posts however did not contribute inappropriate content material. Scott stated he twice noticed questionable content material involving migrants however that it did not rise to the extent of reportable misconduct.
House investigators stated the photographs and content material are “antithetical to the CBP ethos and undermine the work carried out by devoted CBP workers day-after-day.”
“Unfortunately, the company didn’t take enough steps to forestall this conduct or impose constant self-discipline on agents who engaged in it, making a severe threat that this conduct might proceed,” investigators wrote.
Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, stated Monday that it’s a part of an inside departmental overview ordered by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “to determine and terminate insupportable prejudice, and to reform insurance policies and coaching.”
“CBP is not going to tolerate hateful, misogynist, or racist conduct or any conduct that’s unbecoming of the respect we maintain as public servants,” the company stated in an announcement.