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Border Patrol report prompts new calls for investigation

After our second Border Patrol aired, six members of Congress released a joint statement condemning the alleged abuses and calling for action.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California said, “the agency’s leadership has yet to take any meaningful action to improve the oversight of its officers and agents in the field.  The time has come for CBP to finally take these egregious allegations seriously.”

Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona added, “the credible, ongoing allegations of abuse and corruption by certain customs and border patrol agents raised by PBS and others demand immediate attention.”

And as for border patrol agent David Kermes, just last week Need to Know was contacted by customs and border protection’s office of internal affairs, which is now investigating the agent’s conduct.

The department watchdog wanted to know more about agent Kermes’ Facebook page, which we reported had photos of migrants in the desert. These photos include a photo of undocumented immigrants with the caption, “Run, you little bastards,” and cartoons insulting the President of the United States.