House Oversight Requests Docs Related To CBP Probe Of Staff’s Racist FB Group

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) prepares for a hearing on drug pricing in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill July 26, 2019 in W... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) prepares for a hearing on drug pricing in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill July 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony heard from patients and their family members about the negative impacts of rising drug prices in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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The House Oversight Committee wants documents related to the the Customs and Border Protection agency’s investigation into a Facebook group where some CBP staff made racist jokes about migrants.

In a letter to CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said the committee was concerned that staffers and officials who participated in the Facebook group were still working with immigrants. During a committee hearing earlier this month, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told member that involved staffers were placed on administrative duties.

“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.”

Cummings asked for documents as far back as January 20, 2017 related to the groups “I’m 10-15,” “The Real CBP Nation” and any other Facebook groups in which CBP employees made inappropriate comments.

After ProPublica published an exposé on the Facebook groups — which included sexist and racist memes about immigrants and Latino members of Congress — CBP announced it would investigate the group and the employees caught posting in it, which included 62 current employees and eight former staffers. However, Politico later reported that CBP was aware of at least one of the Facebook groups for nearly three years before it was exposed.

Multiple CBP spokespeople did not return TPM’s request for comment about the document requests.

Read the letter from Cummings below:

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  1. committee was concerned that staffers and officials who participated in the Facebook group were still working with immigrants.

    You can certainly bet they are — one of the groups had 5,000 members, fer chris’sake.

  2. Good that Rep Cummings is on top of this issue because it is clear that there is a high number of Trickledown Trumpsim in this administration - acting on his stochastic terrorism, violence, racism. misogyny, xenophobia, cruelty, abuse…etc and it has placed lives in danger.

    In another Rep. Cummings document release, which concerns national security re:nuclear weapons:

    Overall, the new documents obtained by the Committee reveal that, with regard to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests. The documents show the Administration’s willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia. These new documents raise serious questions about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

  3. Yes. Very good. And more please, as soon as we can have it.

  4. If I could draw, I would depict Rep. Cummings as a superhero.

  5. Fortunately, Cummings, being an adult, isn’t going to let a little thing like Trump’s racist broadsides distract him from doing his job.

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