FILE PHOTO – Homeland Safety Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) listens to testimony from Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen throughout a Home Homeland Safety Committee listening to on “The Method Ahead on Border Safety” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of a U.S. Home panel requested an inner watchdog on Friday to analyze whether or not prime officers on the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) and the U.S. border service knew a few Fb group the place brokers posted racist and misogynistic feedback.
“Such vile and threatening habits from brokers of the US authorities is totally unacceptable” and “must be grounds for rapid dismissal,” Consultant Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, stated in a letter to the DHS’s appearing inspector common.
Noting that the difficulty was already being probed by the workplace accountability of the Customs and Border Safety (CBP) service, Thompson requested the inspector common to open a probe into what DHS and CBP management knew in regards to the teams and what motion they’d taken to handle it.
Thompson stated it had been reported that just lately named CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan “knew in regards to the group as early as 2016, when he was chief of the Border Patrol.”
“If correct, this report calls into query Mr. Morgan’s health to carry any workplace in the US authorities,” Thompson stated.
He additionally requested the appearing inspector common to analyze whether or not Appearing DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan knew in regards to the Fb teams. McAleenan has ordered a probe into the social media posts. He known as them “disturbing & inexcusable” in a tweet on Wednesday.
The U.S. border service got here underneath fireplace over the difficulty on Monday, when the non-profit information website ProPublica reported that offensive content material had been posted on a non-public Fb group for present and former CPB officers.
Posts included jokes in regards to the deaths of migrants and sexually specific feedback referring to U.S. Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the information outlet stated. Reuters didn’t independently verify the report.
The report emerged as Ocasio-Cortez and different lawmakers visited a border patrol station in Texas and criticized circumstances on the website. Ocasio-Cortez stated migrants held on the station had been advised to drink water out of bathrooms and have been subjected to psychological abuse.
Reporting by David Alexander; Enhancing by David Gregorio