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Washington (CNN) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told lawmakers that there is an “aggressive” ongoing investigation into the secret Facebook group of current and former Border Patrol agents that sparked outrage earlier this month, responding to a question from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a contentious House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday.
The group, which was originally uncovered by ProPublica, featured jokes about migrant deaths and derogatory posts and images of Latina members of Congress.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Those posts are unacceptable,” McAleenan said. “They are being investigated but I don’t think that it’s fair to apply them to the entire organization or that even the members of that group believed or supported those posts.”
“Mr. Secretary, so you don’t think that having 10,000 officers in a violent, racist group sharing rape memes of members of Congress points to any concern of a dehumanized culture?” Ocasio-Cortez asked McAleenan in reference to the sexually graphic posts of herself that were shared in the group.
“We do not have a dehumanizing culture at CBP. This is an agency that rescues 4,000 people a year, that’s absolutely committed to the well-being of everyone that they interact with,” McAleenan replied.
“So you don’t think having 10,000 officers in a violent, racist group sharing rape memes of members of Congress points to any concern of a dehumanized culture?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“They’re being investigated, but I don’t think it’s fair to apply them to the entire organization or that even members of that group believed or supported those posts,” McAleenan answered.
Ocasio-Cortez began her questioning of McAleenan by questioning family separation and what factors he considered before recommending the policy.
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