Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reviewing social media activity of two agents who shared social media posts promoting conspiracy theories about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., BuzzFeed reports.
Omar was accused of anti-Semitism by some after she recently described Israel-supporting advocates as having "allegiance to a foreign country."
Senior ICE agent Leslie Derewonko in late February shared a LinkedIn post with a video that suggested Omar took a class on terrorism.
“And this is what represents America?” he titled it.
Jerry Templet liked Derewonko’s post, which described Omar as a “Trojan horse” who came to the United States because of a “refugee outbreak” under former President Barack Obama.
Templet in 2015 also liked a Facebook post advertising a shirt with the message, “I’m the Infidel Allah Warned You About.”
“It is alarming that a public official charged with executing our immigration policies endorses such toxic views of refugees, Muslims, and an elected official. Liking these types of posts means this senior ICE official is viewing many of the people under his authority in subhuman terms and therefore directly endangers their safety,” Dalia Mogahed, the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, told BuzzFeed. “
ICE spokesperson Richard Rocha told the news outlet the agency does not have a social media conduct policy, but that “social media content posted by employees on their personal platforms should not be considered representative of agency policies or positions. We are reviewing whether any of this particular content violated other agency policies.”
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