WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recent reporting confirms that migrants are being subjected to inhumane conditions at detention centers run by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency. Furthermore, an investigation by ProPublica revealed abhorrent online behavior of CBP agents targeting both women and people of color with hostile and derogatory remarks. NOW stands against the mistreatment of migrants and condemns the pervasive culture of sexism and racism at CBP. We call for these cruel policies and detention centers to end.
The CBP has the lowest percentage of women on their force out of any federal law enforcement agency. This troubling fact clearly manifests itself in the misogynistic and racist behavior exhibited by CBP agents. Additional reports from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ visit to these centers demonstrate an extremely troubling environment and a toxic culture. If these agents treat Congressional representatives with cruelty and disdain, one can only imagine how terribly migrants are treated.
The United States must be held to a higher standard. Women of color have been the targets of sexist and racist abuse for too long and it must stop. NOW stands with immigrants. We stand with people of color. And we stand with women. CBP must be held accountable for their actions.