Two U.S. Border Patrol agents have been fired in connection with a probe that found roughly 60 of them committed misconduct while participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday.
Most agents' penalties were significantly reduced from those recommended by an internal agency review board, according to a House Oversight and Reform committee staff report obtained by the Associated Press.
In addition to the firings, 43 other agents were suspended without pay, 12 got written reprimands and three were disciplined in other ways, such as suspension with pay, the wire service also reports.
Customs and Border Protection’s Discipline Review Board proposed that 24 of the 60 agents be fired after news organizations reported on the matter two years ago.
The board investigated 135 allegations of misconduct, the wire service also reports.
One fired agent in Texas, with 10 years in the Border Patrol posted an image of Pepe the Frog, "a symbol of the alt-right and white supremacy," and doctored images of President Biden touching a female member of Congress, the report states.
The group, named “I’m 10-15, which is Border Patrol code for migrants in custody, had about 9,500 current and former agents as members, including two agency chiefs, also states the report.