Texas, USA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has disabled its Twitter account for the West Texas region due to retweeting posts critical of President Joe Biden’s border policies and Liked posts with homosexual slurs directed at National Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus posted a tweet Saturday night saying the agency in charge “became aware of unauthorized and inappropriate content” that was posted on the @CBPWestTexas account.
The agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate, Magnus said.
“This must not happen again,” the official said.
On Saturday, the account retweeted posts by right-wing activist Stephen Miller criticizing Biden’s immigration policies and claiming the government ignored violent crime. Miller was the architect of former President Donald Trump’s uncompromising immigration policies.
“The tweets do not reflect the values of this administration or our work to rebuild a humane, orderly and safe immigration system,” Magnus said in a statement.
A human rights activist and a former immigration attorney posted tweets Saturday noting that the account had retweeted criticism of Miller and “liked” various tweets.
In October 2021, it was announced that 60 Border Patrol agents behaved inappropriately for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers. CBP’s Disciplinary Review Board recommended that 24 of the officers be fired, but only two of them lost their jobs.
The existence of the Facebook page, which had some 9,500 members, was reported in July 2019.