/ Modified oct 26, 2021 10:26 a.m.

An investigation recommended 24 Border Patrol agents be fired. All but 2 kept their jobs

The review says a supervisory agent stationed in Arizona faced getting fired for posting internal video with a migrant falling to their death.

360 BP AJO RIDEALONG A Border Patrol vehicle drives alongside a barrier fence at the Organ Pipe National Monument west of Lukeville, Arizona on Friday, Nov 2, 2018.

Two GOP Arizona congressmen won’t comment on a report from a committee they sit on about a U.S. Border Patrol scandal involving a Facebook group revealed in 2019.

The review says a supervisory agent stationed in Arizona faced getting fired for posting internal video with a migrant falling to their death. Instead, their final discipline was a 30-day suspension, according to the report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Representatives Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar are committee members. Their offices did not respond to a request for comment on the review.

The investigation says that 24 agents were recommended to be fired for taking part in the Facebook group. All but 2 ultimately got a lower penalty.

The report also found that Customs and Border Protection knew the Facebook group existed years before it was exposed.

The agency released a statement:

“CBP will not tolerate hateful, misogynist, or racist behavior or any conduct that is unbecoming of the honor we hold as public servants. DHS, including CBP, is participating in an internal review as directed by Secretary Mayorkas to identify and terminate intolerable prejudice, and to reform policies and training. CBP is working to review policies and to underscore the need to respect the dignity of every individual, fight against discrimination, safeguard civil rights and civil liberties, and increase transparency and accountability.”

Fronteras Desk
Fronteras Desk is a KJZZ project covering important stories in an expanse stretching from Northern Arizona deep into northwestern Mexico.
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