Committee Seeks CBP Documents in Investigation into Secret Facebook Groups

Jul 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan requesting documents relating to the Committee’s investigation into secret Facebook groups containing offensive content posted by current and former Border Patrol agents who may still be working with immigrants and children.

“The Committee is investigating racist, sexist, and xenophobic comments relating to immigrants and Members of Congress made by employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in ‘secret’ Facebook groups,” Cummings wrote.  “On July 18, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan testified before the Committee that these posts were ‘unacceptable.’  The Committee is concerned that Border Patrol agents and other CBP employees who wrote posts disparaging immigrants may still be working with immigrants and children.”

When asked by the Committee whether officers responsible for offensive posts were still working with immigrants, Acting Secretary McAleenan responded, “We’ve already put individuals on administrative duties. I don’t know which ones correspond with which posts.”

In today’s letter Cummings seeks documents in CBP’s possession, dating back to January 20, 2017, related to the “I’m 10-15” Facebook group, “The Real CBP Nation” Facebook groups, and any similar Facebook groups identified by CBP as containing inappropriate posts by CBP employees.

Earlier this month, Cummings also sent a letter to Facebook requesting information to inform this investigation based on expressed concerns that the disturbing posts may violate CBP’s Standards of Conduct and Facebook’s Community Standards.

Click here to read the letter to Acting Commissioner Morgan.

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