Powerful Democrat seeks probe of CBP leaders after secret Facebook groups revealed

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An agent who witnessed the incident said that another agent forced a Honduran man to hold a handwritten sign reading "Me gustan los hombre [s]".

According to the emails, that same agent instructed the migrant to walk in front of a group of other apprehended migrants with that note.

The accusations were written by an agent who witnessed the alleged March 5 incident and emailed to the agent's supervisor at the detention center.

When they did nothing, the witnessing agent took the note away and gave him another without the phrase.

In response to these allegations, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol stated, "I am forwarding to the Office of Professional Responsibility, the office charged with looking into these allegations".

The emails add that the witnessing agent, who was on-duty, told the agent who was responsible for writing the note and another agent who was laughing that their behavior was unprofessional.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is investigating another potential secret Facebook group where current and former CBP officials allegedly shared mocking images of migrants and derogatory images of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Thompson said it had been reported that recently named CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan "knew about the group as early as 2016, when he was chief of the Border Patrol".

The Department of Homeland Security has disciplined federal agents who posted offensive and sexually degrading content about Central American migrants and Democratic lawmakers on social media, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told ABC's "This Week". "These statements are completely unacceptable, especially if made by those sworn to uphold the DHS mission, our values & standards of conduct", McAleenan wrote Wednesday.

Castro, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called the Facebook posts "disgusting and vile" and said that many agency employees "have become desensitized to the point of being unsafe to the migrants in their care". "I don't think it's reflective of the men and women we have", McAleenan said.

"We have to be ready, not just when Trump announces it, because there are arrests every day", said Elsa Lopez, an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a New Mexico group which educates migrants on their civil rights and creates phone networks to send alerts if ICE enters their neighborhood.

The treatment of LGTBQ people in detention centers has also been a frequent point of contention for advocacy groups.

The issue is not new, however, for Customs and Border Protection. She was taken to Del Sol Medical Center that same day after complaining of chest pains, and died four days later.

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