Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

AOC screamed threateningly at Border Patrol agents during southern border visit

AOC screamed threateningly at Border Patrol agents during southern border visit

The existence of the group named "I'm 10-15", which is Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody", was first reported Monday morning by ProPublica.

"Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets", she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter she "forced" herself into a cell to speak to women, who described "their treatment at the hands of officers as "psychological warfare" - waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc".

"This has been horrifying so far", she said.

Reuters could not independently confirm her account.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection condemned the posts.

After Congress passed a $4.6 billion package last Thursday to send humanitarian relief to the border, lawmakers say they want to see how the facilities are now operating, observe the treatment of immigrants in the facility, and learn about the enforcement of the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies. In June, immigration lawyers raised alarms over squalid conditions facing hundreds of children at another facility in Clint, Texas. Democratic lawmakers have accused the Trump administration of overseeing an "epidemic of death" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

ProPublica published a report Monday about a secret group, said to be for border agents and past guards, that has 9,500 members.

Screen captures of some postings include a Photoshopped image depicting the New York Democratic socialist congresswoman performing oral sex on a migrant man, and another portraying President Donald Trump forcing her head into his lap for another sex act.

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CBP condemned the Facebook group and acknowledged that it may include a number of the agency's employees. "CBP immediately informed DHS Office of the Inspector General and initiated an investigation", said CBPAssistant Commissioner Matthew Klein with the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Nonprofit news organization ProPublica says it has uncovered a group for current and former Border Patrol agents on Facebook called "I'm 10-15", featuring 9,500 members. "Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable", U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement. "This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress", AOC said in one tweet.

The documents revealed US agents feared riots by migrants being held in overcrowded and unsanitary cells and were "embarrassed" and "frustrated" by the detainees' conditions at El Paso.

Citing crowded cells, a lack of running water and detainees with serious medical conditions who did not have access to medicine, the group attempted to hold an afternoon press conference to detail what they'd witnessed, but faced vitriol from members of the Border Patrol on social media and from protesters who support President Trump.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from MS, said the report points to "clear and systemic problems that must be addressed immediately", within DHS and CBP.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez was criticised last month by Republican members of Congress for labelling the facilities "concentration camps".

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not responded to the politicians' comments.

The Department of Homeland Security did not reply to a request for comment.

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