2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Asia's Tech News Daily

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency's reputation.

Most agents' penalties were significantly reduced from recommendations of an internal review board, according to the House Oversight and Reform Committee staff report. In the end, 43 others were suspended without pay, 12 got written reprimands and three were disciplined in other ways, such as suspension with pay.

Customs and Border Protection's Discipline Review Board proposed that 24 of the 60 agents be fired after news organizations reported on the group in July 2019 but only two were. It investigated 135 allegations of misconduct.

One fired agent in Texas with 10 years in the Border Patrol posted an image of Pepe the Frog, “a symbol of the alt-right and white supremacy,” and doctored images of President Joe Biden touching U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the report said. The other, California-based agent, who was at the agency for 20 years and was disciplined in 2005 for undisclosed reasons, published homophobic memes and a doctored image of then-President Donald Trump raping a member of Congress. The report doesn't name the lawmaker but Ocasio-Cortez has said she was depicted being raped on the Facebook group, named “I'm 10-15.

“I'm 10-15,” which is Border Patrol code for migrants in custody, had about 9,500 current and former agents as members, including two agency chiefs, the report said. Carla Provost, who was chief from August 2018 until January 2020 after more than a year as acting head, joined in 2017 and told authorities that she used it to get an “unfiltered gauge” of reactions to her statements. Rodney Scott, who succeeded Provost until being forced out in August, said his membership enabled him to communicate with staff and “know what the workforce is talking about.”

CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, akin to a police department's internal affairs office, found insufficient evidence to discipline Provost or Scott, the report said. Provost searched Facebook for “I'm 10-15” and was active on the social media site around the time of the offensive posts but didn't contribute inappropriate content. Scott said he twice spotted questionable content involving migrants but that it didn't rise to the level of reportable misconduct.

House investigators said the images and content are “antithetical to the CBP ethos and undermine the work carried out by dedicated CBP employees every day.”

“Unfortunately, the agency failed to take adequate steps to prevent this conduct or impose consistent discipline on agents who engaged in it, creating a serious risk that this conduct could continue,” investigators wrote.

Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said Monday that it is part of an internal departmental review ordered by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “to identify and terminate intolerable prejudice, and to reform policies and training.”

“CBP will not tolerate hateful, misogynist, or racist behavior or any conduct that is unbecoming of the honor we hold as public servants,” the agency said in a statement.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Tiny machine learning design alleviates a bottleneck in memory usage on internet-of-things devices

New technique applied to small computer chips enables efficient vision and detection algorithms without internet connectivity. Read more »

La nieve aplaza el Atalanta-Villarreal

© ISABELLA BONOTTO (AFP) Empleados del Atalanta limpian las rayas del campo y las pintan de rojo para jugar con nieve. La UEFA resolvió postergar el Atalanta-Villarreal debido al persistente ... Read more »

5 companies to recall over 4,200 vehicles over faulty parts

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) — Audi Volkswagen Korea, Honda Korea and three other companies will voluntarily recall more than 4,200 vehicles to fix faulty components, the transport ministry said Thursday. ... Read more »

U.S. Senator asks FTC to probe Facebook's ad practices

1 / 2U.S. Senator asks FTC to probe Facebook’s ad practicesFILE PHOTO: A smartphone with Meta logo and a 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on a laptop keyboard in ... Read more »

Amazon's cloud issues highlight backbones of modern internet

Tuesday's incident mostly affected the eastern U.S. and impacted everything from airline reservations and car dealerships to Amazon’s own e-commerce operation. Read more »

5 Benefits of Cloud Technology for New Startups

As entrepreneurs, we need to look into different cloud options before making a final decision. Because there are many services available, we have to be mindful to not engage in long commitments ... Read more »

Skeleton found in England with a nail through its foot is evidence of Roman crucifixion, archeologists say

A nail was found in heel bone of ancient skeleton in England.Albion Archaeology Archaeologists say a skeleton found with a nail through its foot is evidence of Roman crucifixion. The ... Read more »

Roku Express 4K+ (2021) review

30-second review The new Roku Express 4K+ (2021) is proof that, if you wait long enough for a technology to proliferate, you can eventually buy it at an incredibly low ... Read more »

Biden signs executive order to make U.S. government carbon neutral by 2050

The president is aiming to leverage the federal government’s massive buying power to jumpstart the market for clean energy, electric vehicles and more efficient buildings. Read more »

How to say no to alcohol this holiday season: five expert tips to keep you on the wagon or limit your drinking

For people trying to stay sober, or limit their intake of alcohol, the holiday season can be a difficult time. Benjamin Miller, a clinical psychologist and president of Oakland, California-based ... Read more »

Nespresso machines are the best we've ever tested—and they're on mega sale right now

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you’re still looking for great gifts to give this holiday ... Read more »

The Best Gifts For Parents Who Already Have Everything

© Brightland Parents are notoriously hard to shop for. What could possibly compare to the gift of life that they gave to you? They may say there’s nothing else they ... Read more »

I tried a new line of weighted workout clothes backed by a former Nike exec and was surprised how light they felt while exercising — but I got a few stares at the gym for the clothes' odd design

Omorpho, an activewear startup founded by a former Nike executive, sells weighted workout clothes designed to add resistance to workouts without hindering movement.Allana Akhtar/Insider Ex-Nike VP Stefan Olander recently founded ... Read more »

Accessing Web 3.0 With a Click: Toolkits for Blockchain Adoption

Certain industries are slow to adopt new technologies and ideas because there’s a high barrier to entry for mass participation. Two major issues create a high barrier to entry: The capital ... Read more »

CFTC Commissioner Opposes Crypto Regulation Enforcement, Demands More Clarity

A commissioner for the CFTC believes that regulators should provide more clarity on cryptocurrency compliance before penalizing alleged infringements. – be[IN]crypto Dawn Stump, the lone Republican on the five-member Commodity ... Read more »

HSN is running a last-minute holiday sale on hundreds of gifts—shop our top picks

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. With only a few weeks left before Christmas and supply chain ... Read more »

The 30 best stocking stuffers under $30 you can find at Amazon

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are wrapped up for the ... Read more »

Why scientists think our immune systems will be primed to fight the omicron variant

It's a worrisome convergence: falling antibody levels and a new variant. Scientists have warned that a coronavirus variant like omicron, which appears able to dodge some protective antibodies generated by ... Read more »

Reino Unido, Australia y Canadá se suman al boicoteo diplomático de EE UU a los Juegos de Invierno en China

© SAEED KHAN (AFP) Varios manifestantes, con carteles a favor del boicoteo a los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno 2022 en Pekín, durante una protesta en Sídney, el 23 de junio. ... Read more »

Can galaxies without dark matter tell us how the universe ends?

Raise your hand if you live in a stable universe that’s rapidly expanding to support its own vastness. Not so fast Earthlings. We might have an end-game level crunch-time problem ... Read more »

The top SASE and ZTNA stories of 2021

A term invented by Gartner in 2019, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a package of network security functionalities that supports organizations’ dynamic secure access requirements in the form of ... Read more »

Boris Johnson deploys his favourite ‘dead cat' strategy, but he is perilously close to the last of his nine lives

Boris Johnson feels the heat at PMQs Downing Street's latest disaster has cut through with the public as unmistakably as the I’m A Celebrity theme tune. After being ridiculed by ... Read more »

Lorraine prompts more than 1,300 complaints to Ofcom over Dr Hilary vaccine statistics claim

Lorraine prompts more than 1,300 complaints to Ofcom over Dr Hilary vaccine statistics claim The ITV talk show Lorraine has prompted over 1,300 complaints to Ofcom with a recent segment ... Read more »

5 Common Myths and Surprising Truths about Zero Trust

The zero trust security model seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. The reason for this is the global evolution in the way we perceive cyber security – we ... Read more »

Google agreement saves Roku from heading the same way as Windows Phone

A major issue for Roku has been averted, after the brand confirmed it had reached a ‘multi-year’ agreement with Google to let the YouTube app remain on its Roku Store. ... Read more »

Explainer: What caused Amazon's outage? Will there be more?

The Associated PressAmazon drivers wait next to a Crunch Time station as their logistics systems is offline at the Amazon Delivery Station in Rosemead, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Amazon ... Read more »

La inyección de capital del gobierno federal a Pemex podría ayudarle a reducir su deuda en 20,000 mdd para 2023, dijo Moody's

El apoyo gubernamental para Pemex podría permitirle reducir su deuda en unos 20,000 millones de dólares (mdd) entre 2021 y 2023. Esto según la agencia calificadora Moody’s. © Reuters La ... Read more »

Johnson reinstala trabajo en casa y pasaportes sanitarios por variante ómicron del covid-19

© Proporcionado por Milenio Reino Unido enfrenta la nueva variante ómicron del covid-19. | AFP El primer ministro británico, Boris Johnson, anunció hoy un endurecimiento de las restricciones para frenar ... Read more »

The Ford Bronco Sport is using recycled plastic from the ocean to make these auto parts

Who knew wiring harness clips could be seen as a super cool little car part. But here we are. Ford Motor Company is doing its part to clean up ocean ... Read more »

Delhivery acquires US-based drone maker Transition Robotics

New Delhi: Fastest-growing logistics services player Delhivery on Wednesday said it has acquired US-based Transition Robotics Inc that is focused on developing Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms, for an undisclosed ... Read more »

Climbing new heights across New England

Since 2014, MIT Outing Club members — new and advanced outdoor enthusiasts — come together for its annual School of Rock, a weekend program teaching and advancing outdoor rock-climbing skills. Read more »

Microsoft OneDrive is getting a sync app for Apple M1 Macs

Microsoft OneDrive can now run natively on both Apple M1 Macs and Windows on Arm devices as the company has released a new sync app for its cloud storage service. ... Read more »

Si en tu celular ves la llamada de un banco, cuidado, podría ser un fraude —te explicamos en qué consiste el spoofing

Valeria, una empleada en sus treintas, es sumamente cuidadosa con sus datos personales. Nunca contesta llamadas de números que no conoce. Sin embargo, fue precisamente con una desde Citibanamex que ... Read more »

Omicron vs. T cells: Why scientists are banking on the immune system's 'memory'

Even as antibody levels wane against the variant, the immune system may still be primed by vaccines or from previous infections to “remember” the virus. Read more »

Black people use Facebook more than anyone. Now they're leaving. The Facebook Papers shed light on why

Brandon Keyes, a 37-year-old Army combat veteran from Detroit, has an on-again, off-again relationship with Facebook. These days, it’s mostly off. Keyes says he got tired of Facebook censoring Black ... Read more »

Phillip Schofield accuses Government of taking people for ‘mugs' amid reports of Downing Street party

Phillip Schofield accuses Government of taking people for ‘mugs’ amid reports of Downing Street party This Morning host Phillip Schofield accused the government of taking people “for a bunch of ... Read more »

Phew! The Sky-High Slit on Becky G's Electric-Yellow Evening Gown at the PCAs Has Me Sweating

Becky G brought the electricity to the 2021 People's Choice Awards on Tuesday night when she arrived in a sexy Roberto Cavalli number that almost didn't make it to the ... Read more »

Furious Tory member quits after hearing Boris Johnson's ‘barefaced lies' about No 10 Christmas party

A furious Conservative party member has revealed she quit the party immediately after hearing Boris Johnson’s “barefaced lies” about the No 10 Christmas party. Melanie, a lifelong Tory, phoned to ... Read more »

Skilyr Hicks Dies: ‘America's Got Talent' Contestant Was 23

Skilyr Hicks, who at age 14 impressed the judges of America’s Got Talent with her performance of an original song and poignant story of losing her father, died Monday in ... Read more »

These popular TV deals are holiday-ready—discounts on Samsung, LG, TCL, and more

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, but ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic