Officials in the United States are investigating a secret Facebook group where border patrol members allegedly posted racist and sexist migrant jokes.
Reports say the group, “I’m 10-15”, the group had about 9,500 members, including former and current border patrol agents.
Some of the “jokes” targeted and seemed to mock migrant deaths and apparently targeted Latino members of Congress.
Carla Provost, the Border Patrol chief has called the posts “completely inappropriate”.
“Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable,” he said.
Members of the group are alleged to have mocked Latino members of Congress who visited migrant detention centres in Texas on Monday.
Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Veronica Escobar were among those said to be targeted, with members calling them “hoes” and scum buckets”.
In one post, a member reportedly suggested throwing burritos at them, while another depicted a doctored image that showed Ocasio-Cortez performing a sex act.
Matthew Klein, an assistant commissioner at the CBP, said the Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into the group, which violated the agency’s code of conduct.
He said a number of CBP agents may be members of the group, without elaborating on their roles.
Lawmakers toured detention centres days after a harrowing picture of a drowned man and his daughter in the Rio Grande brought the migration crisis into sharp focus.
Since taking office in 2017, US President Donald Trump had adopted tougher policies in an attempt to reduce the number of undocumented migrants.