A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent is feeling the heat after posting a Halloween sign in front of his house many deem discriminatory.
Trick-or-treaters were greeted with a Spanish written stenciled sign in red, white and blue that read, “Only American families receive candy.”
The home is located within a government owned housing complex in the small Texas border town of Presidio, Big Bend Now reported. The complex rarely uses its gates to keep out unauthorized personnel, and Halloween in particular is open to visitors.
At least two people reportedly posted pictures of the sign to Facebook where it drew mostly negative attention.
Presidio is 94 percent Hispanic, according to the 2010 Census data with strong ties to the Mexican town of Ojinaga, located just across the border, Big Bend reported.
Erika Graham was visiting the area, took a picture of the sign and posted to Facebook, “I seriously can’t believe an officer in government housing was capable of posting this outside his house! Racist jerk!”
I seriously can’t believe an officer in government housing was capable of posting this outside his house!Racist jerk!…
Posted by Erika Graham on Saturday, October 31, 2015
Plenty of others shared Graham’s sentiment, calling out the actions of the CBP agent in local papers.
Presidio Mayor John Ferguson got in on the action and issued a statement on his own Facebook page.
“Halloween is always a fun day in Presidio, and we share it with any kids from Mexico (and elsewhere) who want to come join in on “Trick-or-Treating,” Ferguson wrote. “I always cherish being able to experience the many festive occasions in our sister city of Ojinaga, such as Dia de los Muertos, 20 de Noviembre, 16 de Septiembre, and Dia de Los Musicos, to name a few.”
Ferguson noted that he has always been welcomed to join Mexican festivities in Ojinaga, and hopes to continue the tradition of “open hearts and open arms.”
CBP spokesman Bill Brooks also issued a statement condemning the incident.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Big Bend Sector regret that an employee chose to post the sign in question at his residence during Halloween. The sign does not reflect the opinion of this agency. We respect all people regardless of their culture, nationality or country of origin. We apologize for any harm this incident may have created in our relationship with the community,” he wrote.
There has been no word if any disciplinary action had been taken against the unnamed CBP agent. But judging from the statements, it gives the impression people move freely, and often, across the U.S./Mexican border on fairly regular basis.
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