Perspective | The Border Patrol is the wrong solution for the problems at the border – The Washington Post

That took an agency founded a century ago to enforce explicitly racist policies, an agency whose nativist and white supremacist roots trace back to its earliest operations against Mexican farmworkers and Asian immigrants, and managed to make it even more racist. In a Border Patrol of around 20,000 total agents, some 9,500 people, many current and former agents, joined a secret, racist Facebook group where they could trade insults, and sexist and racist memes about immigrants and even members of Congress like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Agents even have an infamous nickname for migrants: “Tonks,” supposedly after the sound that a migrant’s head makes when hit by an agent’s heavy flashlight. Tonk.

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