U.S. border agency fires 4, suspends 38 for social media posts

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-border-agency-firings-social-media-posts-1.5654524

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The U.S. Border Patrol’s parent agency said Friday it fired four employees and suspended 38 others without pay for inappropriate social media activity following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked members of Congress and migrants. The investigation began in July 2019 after posts surfaced in a Facebook group called “I’m 10-15.” The posts questioned the authenticity of images of a migrant father and child dead on the banks of the Rio Grande River and depicted doctored images of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez purporting to perform a sex act on President Donald Trump. Customs and Border Protection said another 33 employees were disciplined with reprimands or counselling. Of 138 cases investigated, 63 were deemed unsubstantiated. Six cases remained open to investigation Wednesday.