CBP officer claims supervisor joked about 'running over illegals'; calls facilities 'filthy'

CBP officer claims supervisor joked about 'running over illegals'; calls facilities 'filthy'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of NY, gets in an SUV after touring the inside of the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, Monday, July 1, 2019.

A veteran CBP agent who spoke to CNN this week on the condition of anonymity described the facilities where he worked as "filthy".

The Rio Grande Valley sector of the Border Patrol more than doubled its number of immigrant apprehensions from October of 2018 to May 2019; there's been a 269 percent increase in the number of families apprehended by Border Patrol during that span. Note that these apprehensions include not just people crossing the border illegally, but also those legally seeking asylum at ports of entry.

Standing room only for adult males observed by the Office of Inspector General, June 10, 2019, at Border Patrol's McAllen, TX, Station.

"This has been horrifying so far".

Meanwhile, Democrats in the US House of Representatives approved $4.5bn (£3.5bn) in humanitarian aid for the US-Mexico border.

The discovery of the memo comes amid an investigation into a closed Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that reportedly features jokes about migrant deaths, derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers and a lewd meme involving at least one of them.

Several hundred people gathered in NY on Tuesday to demonstrate against the Trump administration's treatment of migrants, part of a planned nationwide day of protests by rights groups targeting members of the US Congress.

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While touring the facilities, Ocasio-Cortez linked the behavior in the Facebook group to what she said she witnessed at the border. "This is a violent culture".

According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were about 23,000 CBP officers in fiscal year 2017. He said those in the Facebook group "do not represent the men and women of the Border Patrol" or the Homeland Security agency.

It came as President Donald Trump's administration pushed back against criticism of its migrant detention centres on the US-Mexico border.

"These statements are completely unacceptable, especially if made by those sworn to uphold the DHS mission, our values and standards of conduct", McAleenan posted from his official account.

In June, immigration lawyers raised alarms over squalid conditions facing hundreds of children at another facility in Clint, Texas. One doctored photograph shows her performing a sex act on Trump. Arrests topped 132,000 in May, their highest level in more than a decade. "But imagine, this is what they are doing to members of Congress in front of their leadership; so you could imagine what happens behind closed doors".

"What these officers have posted online is despicable, racist and absolutely unacceptable", said Jess Morales Rocketto, chair of Families Belong Together, a coalition of immigrant advocacy organizations, in a statement.

"I am personally and professionally offended by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outrageous, inflammatory and false claims about the dedicated law enforcement officers I represent", Judd wrote in a Fox News op-ed on Tuesday, going after Ocasio-Cortez for comparing agents securing USA borders and detention facilities to Nazis and concentration camps.

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