(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/2/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for congressional hearings on reports of racist and sexist social media postings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in a Facebook group known as “I’m 10-15.”
According to ProPublica, some 9,500 current and former border agents are part of the private Facebook group in which members referred to a drowned migrant father and his toddler as “floaters” and joked about tossing burritos at Hispanic members of Congress. CBP is investigating the ProPublica report.
SEE: CBP Investigating Offensive Border Patrol Facebook Group Activity
“Congress must investigate the disturbing reports of racist and sexist views expressed by CBP officers to ensure that those views are not turned into discriminatory actions targeting migrants,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
Earlier today, CAIR’s Maryland office joined Catonsville Indivisible and Indivisible Central Maryland at a rally in Catonsville, Md., outside Congressman Elijah Cummings’ office to call on Congress to close the camps in which migrant children are being detained and to use federal funding to reunite immigrant families.
SEE: CAIR, Partner Groups to Join #ClosetheCamps Rally in Baltimore County Against Detention of Migrant Children, Family Separations
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com