Two high ranking Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers issued a warning to the United States and are now being investigated.
Leslie Derewonko, a Homeland Security Investigations senior agent, shared something that suggested that Rep. Ihan Omar could be a terrorist.
That post was liked by Jerry Templet who is the second-in-command of Homeland Security Investigations in San Francisco, Buzzfeed reported.
The post described Omar as a “trojan horse” who came to the US because of a “refugee outbreak” under former president Barack Obama, to which Derewonko commented, “And this is what represents America?”
The post included a misleading video clip that claims to show Omar admitting to taking “terrorism classes.”
For ICE, an agency under unprecedented scrutiny, politicized messages by its officials on social media can be quickly scrutinized and held up as indicative of how its officers and agents view the communities they investigate on a regular basis.
On Facebook, Templet liked a post in 2015 advertising a T-shirt with the message “I’m the Infidel Allah Warned You About.”
Derewonko has been a prolific LinkedIn user, sharing and commenting on posts that have stated or insinuated that so-called caravans of Central American migrants were part of an Election Day “false flag” and that the caravan was the UN’s “invading force.”
One meme of Rodney Dangerfield had the caption “What is the difference between an illegal immigrant and ET? ET learned to speak English and wanted to go home!” The agent commented with a crying-laughing emoji.
Derewonko previously listed on his LinkedIn page that he was an ICE representative in Mexico and a senior special agent. But after BuzzFeed News contacted the immigration agency, Derewonko stripped the ICE affiliation from his profile. Templet appears to have deleted his LinkedIn profile.
“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,” said Dalia Mogahed, the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. “The T-shirt is emblematic of an anti-Muslim hate movement that uses the Arabic word for ‘deniers of truth’ (ironically) or ‘kafir’ as a symbol of Islamophobic pride.”
Zahra Billoo, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Northern California, said Templet’s activity was “concerning to say the least … seeing these posts worries me about [his] abilities to interact with Muslim and other immigration applicants without bias and a commitment to a fair application of the law.”
ICE officials under review for social media post suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar took ‘terrorism classes’
One post on LinkedIn by senior ICE agent noted Omar as a “Trojan horse” who came to the U.S. because of a “refugee outbreak” under Obama.https://t.co/6SI4nViDiq
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 9, 2019
— ImmigrationJusticeMA (@MASafeCommunity) March 9, 2019
2 special ICE agents posting on social media about Rep Ihan Omar took terrorist classes’ & is a ‘Trojan Horse’ in Congress.. These ICE Brothers Have Info Of This Cancer w/Her Partner Terrorist Lover & 2 Other Socialist Apathy Must Be Removed… DoG https://t.co/jrJpAtW6tZ
— Dog (@u2biker) March 9, 2019
Omar isn’t a terrible person, nor did she took ‘terrorism’ classes. Whoever took more care in the world with an intent to hurt her is doing a terrible thing to her. People shouldn’t be hurting each other.
— Anne Cohen (@AnneCoh03570022) March 9, 2019
But the thing is she did admit to taking classes on terrorism.
— Stephen Armstrong (@ruthlessboots) March 3, 2019
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