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DHS to probe ‘disturbing’ posts by agents

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Published on July 3, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

DHS to probe ‘disturbing’ posts by agents

The acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ordered an investigation into reports that border patrol agents have been posting offensive anti-immigrant comments and threats against lawmakers on a private Facebook group.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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DHS to probe ‘disturbing’ posts by agents

The acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced a probe into the 'disturbing and inexcusable' posts allegedly made by border patrol agents in a secret Facebook group.

The posts - uncovered by Propublica - included jokes about the deaths of migrants and sexually explicit content referring to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In a Tweet, Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the posts were 'unacceptable' and that those found responsible 'will be held accountable.'

The move comes amid mounting criticism over the Trump administration's handling of a humanitarian crisis on the border… with lawmakers and government watchdogs sounding the alarm.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE JULIAN CASTRO SAYING: "What you see, those images there.

That's not who we should be.

That is evidence of a dark heart of cruelty of this administration." The images 2020 White House hopeful Julian Castro is referring to seen here.

…showing migrants crammed in cells and sleeping on the floor with aluminum blankets.

The photos - taken in June - part of an inspector general's report out Tuesday detailing 'dangerous overcrowding' at centers along the Rio Grande Valley.

Investigators described the situation as a 'ticking time bomb.'

The report adding to growing public outrage over the conditions at the centers and treatment of migrants by border patrol officials.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REPRESENTATIVE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY) SAYING: "What we saw today was unconscionable," The Trump administration this week pushed back againt the criticism.

With White House Spokesman Hogan Gidley defending Customs and Border patrol officers saying "They provide three meals a day to people who are here illegally and unlawfully."

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