Border Patrol halts tweets from agency’s West Texas region

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has disabled the agency’s Twitter account for the West Texas region after it retweeted posts critical of President Joe Biden’s border policies and liked gay-bashing posts against US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus posted a tweet late Saturday saying the agency has “become aware of unauthorized and inappropriate content” being posted on the @CBPWestTexas Twitter account.

The agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate, Magnus said.

“This must not happen again,” their statement said.

On Saturday, the account retweeted posts by Stephen Miller criticizing Biden’s immigration policies and claiming the government was ignoring violent crime. Miller was the architect of former President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.

“The tweets do not reflect the values ​​of this administration and our work to rebuild a humane, orderly and safe immigration system,” Magnus said in a statement.

A human rights advocate and a former immigration attorney posted tweets on Saturday noting that the account had retweeted criticism of Miller and then looked back and found other posts the account had liked.

In October 2021, it was announced that 60 Border Patrol agents had engaged in misconduct by participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers. The Customs and Border Protection Disciplinary Review Board recommended that 24 of the agents be fired, but only two were fired.

The existence of the Facebook page, which had some 9,500 members, was reported in July 2019.

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