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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused the leadership of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as liars after Politico reported that CBP officials knew about the offensive posts “for up to three years.”

The Politico story followed a report by ProPublica last Monday which described the “I’m 10-15” facebook group with some 9,500 members.

Customs and Border Protection officials have been aware for up to three years that a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents was posting offensive messages — far longer than previously reported.

Border Patrol leadership knew about photos posted to the group as far back as 2016, when agents reported them, according to a current Homeland Security official. The images — several of which were provided to POLITICO — show agents engaging in conduct that includes simulating sex acts and taking selfies while defecating. A former DHS official said he was aware of the Facebook group during the past year. (read the Politico story)

Meanwhile the acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan also denounced the alleged posts in a Twitter message.

“Reporting this week highlighted disturbing & inexcusable social media activity that allegedly includes active Border Patrol personnel. These statements are completely unacceptable, especially if made by those sworn to uphold the DHS mission, our values & standards of conduct,” McAleenan wrote Wednesday.


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