Secret US Border Patrol hate group exposed on Facebook

Investigative journalist A.C. Thompson from ProPublica today exposed a secret Facebook group for US Border Patrol agents full of racist and misogynistic comments and memes, including calls for violent action against immigrants and Democrats.

The group, called “I’m 10-15,” a reference to the Border Patrol code for “officer in custody of alien,” has over 9,500 members and began in 2016. According to its introduction page it exists to serve as a Facebook “family” for Border Patrol agents:

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Credit: ProPublica

Per the ProPublica report, agents on numerous occasions engaged in commentary or shared memes illustrating a community-wide hatred for undocumented immigrants, liberals, and Democrats.

One agent mocked the drowning deaths of an immigrant father and his two-year-old child, questioning whether an AP photo of the tragedy was faked as part of a liberal conspiracy. In another post, an agent shared a meme depicting US President Donald Trump raping US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the caption “That’s right bitches. The masses have spoken and today democracy won.” Others cheered or shared mocking GIFs in response to posts about migrant children dying in Border Patrol custody.

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