EL PASO – ] Congress Democrats Monday condemned speeches made in a secret Facebook group for US border patrological agents, as targeted migrants and some prominent lawmakers with attacks, such as the President of the Congress Spanish-speaking Caucasus called "vulgar, disgusting and silly".
The posts were triggered by special acts of violence among a delegation of more than a dozen members of the Parliament who had just started a tour of federal immigration facilities in Southwest Texas when ProPublica broke the story.
Some of the Facebook posts discussed threw burritos with visiting lawmakers, while others shot in profane languages about the deaths of immigrants and included a vulgar illustration of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), forced to engage in a sexual act by President Trump, according to pictures of the posts obtained by ProPublica.
Before touring two border control stations on Monday, several members asked their hosts for a private briefing whether they would be safe inside, Rep said. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).
The venting of the private attacks, Aguilar said, made it even more difficult for congressional monitors to rely on the border patrol as the federal government is working to counter the rise of migrants at the US-Mexico border.
"It's very hard to back them up when their active and retired members are part of this Facebook page," he said in an interview. "Even though it is a very small percentage, it is unfortunate that they have some very dark images and very dark thoughts about immigrants and members of Congress."
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, who responded to the ProPublica report, described the online group as "Totally inappropriate and unlike the honor and integrity I see – and expect – from our agents day in and day out" and she promised to hold accountable for any employee who found violating the agency's code of conduct.
A separate declaration by Customs and Border Protection, the patrol parent company, said Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security would conduct an independent investigation.
The Washington Post could not confirm the existence of the group called "I'm 10- 15," according to the law enforcement code for "foreigners in detention" since the group is not visible to non-members.
Lawmakers visited Border Patrol stations in El Paso and Clint, Tex., As well as a facility in El Paso for children run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Congressional Hispanic Caucus organized the trip after the conditions at the Clint facility had sparked a scream last month with lawyers visiting to describe scenes of hundreds of sick and dirty children without their parents and imperishable children in the care of other children.
During Monday's visit to Clint, lawmakers saw only two dozen immigrant children being held there, down from about 700 in May, aguilar said. Members expressed more speculated concerns about the El Paso facility, where they said hundreds of people were being detained.
They described a visit with a group of more than a dozen Cuban women who were placed in a crowded cell without running water, reporting to walk for weeks without showers.
Ocasio-Cortez said a woman said she had been told by border patrol staff to drink out of the toilet. "And it was those who knew that a congressional visit came," said the visibly evil legislature in an interview. "This is CBP on their best behavior and tells people to drink out of the toilet."
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Another member of the delegation, echoed Ocasio-Cortez's description in an account posted on Twitter and said the conditions of the facility were "appalling and obnoxious". Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) Called them indicative of a "human rights crisis".
A home security department, not authorized to discuss the visit and spoke on condition of anonymity, insisted that no border patrol would make a migrant in their care drink from a toilet and said there was water available.
Aguilar and others said the revelations about the Facebook group – which came to light during the morning visit to the HHS plant – colored visits later in the day to Border Patrol sites.
"It shocks the conscience that these agents are entrusted with each other's lives in their detention, far less vulnerable people," said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), Kaususens chairman. "And the vulgar xenophobia and sexism are clearly profound."
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D), representing the El Paso area, wondered about journalists, where many current border patrol members and supervisors belonged to the group and tolerated the rhetoric on the display there: "Anyone who sees vulnerable human life in this way should have absolutely no access to a badge or a gun, "she said.
Castro told reporters in Clint that lawmakers would investigate Facebook posts.
House Homeland Security President Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Who did not attend Monday's border visit, said in a statement that the Facebook group is "really abominable and shameful" and that those who attended The attacks "seem to be empowered by President Trump and seem too willing to take his anti-immigrant rhetoric to the next level when they think no one is watching."
When the furor over the mounted posts gathered Trump supporters without for the Clint Detention Center while the Democrats were inside. At a press conference, lawmakers subsequently fought to be heard as protesters shouted them down.
"Build a wall; postpone them all," one shouted. "How to remove this problem!"
Da Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), One of three Muslim congressmen, standing at the event, shouted a protest: "We care about Jesus Christ. We don't care about the Sharia law."
"I will proclaim your hatred, "Tlaib replied, stunned by emotions. "You can all scream at me. I will never stop talking the truth to power."
The visit came just days after a bitterly split house approved 4.6 billion. Kr. In emergency relief to the border. The Liberal Democrats, many of whom took the trip to Texas, wanted strict limits on how Trump could use the money.
Other Democrats intended to get the money for administration as soon as possible and reached agreement that would pump billions of dollars into agencies' budgets, including the Department of Health and Human Services, which has been overwhelmed by the influx of Central American immigrants at the border.
In an interview last week, Trump defended the terms of immigrant detention facilities during his tenure. "No, the conditions are much better than they were under President Obama," he told the Hill newspaper.