U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating an unofficial challenge coin depicting a Haitian migrant incident
An unofficial challenge coin depicting the infamous image of an officer on horseback confronting a Haitian migrant is being investigated by the Office of Professional Accountability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection , according to the agency’s spokesman, Luis Miranda.
The piece, which was for sale on eBay, bears inscriptions such as “You will be fired” and “Mastered since May 28, 1924”. We don’t know where the coin came from.
“The images depicted on this coin are offensive, insensitive, and against CBP’s core values. This is not an official CBP coin,” Miranda said in a statement.
Challenge coins are historically collectible recognition coins that originated in the military, but have become more popular with civilian agencies. They are often used for trade and given as a sign of gratitude.
“CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating whether or not it is being sold by someone to CBP, and will take appropriate action if so.” CBP’s Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) will also issue a cease and desist letter to any vendor that produces unauthorized challenge coins using any of CBP’s trademarks,” it said. he adds.
Last year, during a surge of mostly Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, photos surfaced of officers on horseback swinging long reins near migrants who had crossed the border near Del Rio, Texas – where an estimated 15,000 migrants had crowded under the Del Rio International Bridge.
The incident was quickly condemned by senior Biden administration officials.
CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility has investigated the incident, although the results of the investigation have not yet been released.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said Thursday that the exhibits angered him “because the hateful images they contain have no place in a professional law enforcement agency.”
“Those who make or share these deeply offensive pieces harm and distract from the extraordinarily difficult and often vital work that Border Patrol agents do every day across the country,” he continued.
This story has been updated with additional details.