Tim Ryan responds to Facebook border patrol group: 'This is not a F---ING joke'

Presidential hopeful Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-Ohio) responded to news of a Facebook group for current and former border patrol agents reportedly filled with derogatory comments about lawmakers and migrants on Monday, saying the situation at the detention facilities "is not a F---ING joke." 

Ryan made the remark when he retweeted a thread from progressive activist and President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE critic Scott Dworkin, who called out news of the Facebook group on Twitter.  

 

The nonprofit news organization ProPublica uncovered the Facebook group, known as "I’m 10-15," referring to the code for "aliens in custody."

The group, which was launched in 2016, has roughly 9,500 members from across the country. Though it was not immediately clear whether ProPublica was able to verify how many of the members were current or former agents, it did verify that at least some of the posters are agents.

ProPublica reported that group members joked about a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in May while in custody at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (D-N.Y.) was also targeted in the group, with illustrations of her engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant.

An additional illustration depicts Trump forcing Ocasio-Cortez’s head toward his crotch, with the agent who posted the image writing, “That’s right bitches. The masses have spoken and today democracy won.”

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to condemn the group on Monday. 

"9,500 CBP officers sharing memes about dead migrants and discussing violence and sexual misconduct towards members of Congress. How on earth can CBP’s culture be trusted to care for refugees humanely? PS I have no plans to change my itinerary & will visit the CBP station today," she said

Customs and Border Patrol said it reached out to the agency's inspector general on the matter. 

"These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect— from our agents day in and day out," Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in a statement.

"Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable," she added.

The Trump administration has come under fire for the treatment of migrants at the southern border amid news of unsanitary and inhumane conditions at detention centers. 

Numerous Democratic presidential hopefuls and lawmakers have visited the centers in the wake of the news.