“I am deeply troubled by CBP’s broken disciplinary process that allowed for significant reductions in discipline and allowed agents to resume work with migrants and children after engaging in serious misconduct,” House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, dijo en un comunicado. “CBP’s failure to prevent these violent and offensive statements by its own agents or impose adequate discipline creates a serious risk that this behavior will continue.”
It’s the latest set of findings to be released into reports of CBP employees posting offensive content on private Facebook groups
. En Mayo, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general also released a report finding CBP employees violated policies by posting on social media platforms
, and recommended the CBP commissioner ensure uniform application of social media policies and establish social media awareness training
Agents viewed the “I’m 10-15” Facebook group as an outlet “for rising tensions and low morale” within the agency, el informe dice.
US Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
Despite the CBP Discipline Review Board proposal that 24 agents be removed, CBP removed only two employees, including an agent who posted “offensive images of an alt-right and white supremacist symbol and sexualized images of a Member of Congress,” though a final decision is still pending arbitration, según el informe.
The House Oversight Committee requested documents from CBP in July 2019 to assess whether appropriate disciplinary action was taken, but the committee says it didn’t start receiving “complete unredacted documents” until February 2021.
Facebook refused to provide CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility with content from the secret Facebook group, limiting the agency’s internal investigation, according to Monday’s report.
The committee recommended that CBP leaders put in place stronger reporting mechanisms and strengthen social media training.