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The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday requested a tranche of documents related to racist and sexist Facebook posts by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.
Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to Mark Morgan, a top official at CBP, seeking information the agency has collected about the Facebook groups and their members.
The letter comes weeks after reports revealed thousands of CBP officers had participated in Facebook groups filled with derogatory posts targeting migrants and minority lawmakers.
CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating 62 current Border Patrol employees for their involvement in three groups, including “I’m 10-15,” the first group that was publicly reported.
“The Committee is investigating racist, sexist, and xenophobic comments relating to immigrants and Members of Congress made by employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in ‘secret’ Facebook groups,” Cummings wrote in Wednesday’s letter. “The Committee is concerned that Border Patrol agents and other CBP employees who wrote posts disparaging immigrants may still be working with immigrants and children.”
Cummings asked for “all postings and comments, including images, videos and text, from these Facebook groups,” as well as “membership information from these Facebook groups” and all correspondence related to the groups.
Earlier this month, the committee requested similar information from Facebook, asking the company to “preserve all documents, communications and other data related to the ‘I’m 10-15’ group,” including log files and metadata.