Target: Michael J. Fisher, Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol
Goal: Fire the border patrol agents who allegedly used racial profiling against Hispanics and called them racist names.
A court case in Toledo, Ohio is pending regarding U.S. Border Patrol officers who allegedly used racial profiling against Hispanic subjects and called them racist slurs.
The case says that the Border Patrol agents perpetuated systematic racism by unnecessarily increasing border patrol and by stopping higher numbers of Hispanic subjects for search and apprehension than any other ethnicity. The legality of these searches and apprehensions is also being questioned.
If that wasn’t enough, the plaintiffs also introduced evidence in the form of border patrol email correspondence where agents used the terms “wet” or “wets,” insinuating a shorter version of the racial slur “wetbacks.” The defendants are trying to claim the terms were referring to a legal status, as if that’s believable.
This kind of systematic and personal racism cannot be tolerated in a nation that’s growing more diverse and tolerant every day. Urge the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol to send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated by firing the officers if these allegations are proven to be true.
Dear Michael J. Fisher,
A court case in Toledo, Ohio is pending against your U.S. Border Patrol officers who allegedly used racial profiling against Hispanic subjects and called them racist slurs like “wet” and “wets,” short for the racist term “wetback.” The agents may have been racial profiling and performing illegal searches and apprehensions on an excessive number of Hispanic subjects.
This not only reinforces systematic racism, but shows that these agents could have personal racist agendas that are not appropriate for the job they’re doing. I urge you to send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated by firing the officers if these allegations are proven to be true.
[Your Name Here]
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