Recently, it has come to light that thousands of border patrols agents are involved in a secret Facebook group called "I'm 10-15" (a BP code for "aliens in custody"). It is a hub for BP agents to joke about migrant deaths, and post racist and sexist memes. Among them are memes involving Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being raped.
Yesterday, she confronted the Head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, on those memes and the group as a whole during a hearing on border security. Surprisingly, he didn't deny seeing those images and posts. When asked if he had seen "[...] the images of officers circulating Photos hopped images of [her] violent rape", he confirmed he has seen them. Unsurprisingly though, he denied having knowledge of those agents being "on the job today and responsible for the safety of migrant women and children". He then proceeded to reject the idea that there is a dehumanizing culture within CBP, and said it isn't fair to believe that all of the members of that group supported the posts.
I personally don't have much to say about this, as it comes as no surprise to me whatsoever. We have been saying for a long time that this is what DHS and ICE agents are like. Racist, sexist, morally bankrupt, and have absolutely no regard for human life. The most important of AOC's questions to look at is the one asking if those officers are on the job and responsible for the safety of migrant women and children. Of course they are, and that's absolutely horrifying.
I wonder how the GOP and the right will be able to defend this, but we all know that they will find some way to make it okay in their minds. They've shown already how apathetic they are towards rape, racism, sexism, and violence during the 2016 election and every day since. However, evidence and knowledge of their inhuman acts and beliefs are becoming more widespread, so it is only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down upon them.
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