U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an apology statement over the weekend after an official CBP Twitter account promoted tweets from a top former Trump official criticizing the Biden administration’s policies.
The official Twitter account for CBP West Texas retweeted two tweets from former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller over the weekend about the border and crime on the streets of America.
“Violent criminals lay waste to our communities undisturbed while the immense power of the state is arrayed against those whose only crime is dissent,” Miller tweeted. “The law has been turned from a shield to protect the innocent into a sword to conquer them.”
“The media’s greatest power is its ability to frame what is a dire national crisis (eg ‘cops are racist’ summer ‘20) and what is not,” he added. “Biden’s eradication of our border means we are no longer a Republic—he’s ended nearly 250 years of constitutional government. The media is silent.”
Left-wing activist Adam Isacson feigned outrage online, writing: “This is one of the most egregious examples I’ve ever seen of a US federal law enforcement agency defying elected political leadership in official communications.”
What is up with the @CBPWestTexas Twitter feed right now? This is one of the most egregious examples I’ve ever seen of a US federal law enforcement agency defying elected political leadership in official communications. pic.twitter.com/iON2AmqPqs
— Adam Isacson (@adam_wola) September 10, 2022
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus released a statement about the tweets Saturday night, calling the statements “offensive,” adding “this must not happen again.”
No where in Magnus’ tweet or his official statement did he state that Miller’s remarks were in any way false or misleading.
“Totally unacceptable and disappointing that any CBP Twitter account was used to [retweet] offensive, unauthorized content,” Magnus tweeted. “We’ve removed the content and will deactivate the account. The Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate. This must not happen again.”
In an official statement, Magnus added: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection has become aware of unauthorized and inappropriate content that was posted to the @CBPWestTexas Twitter account.”
“CBP will take action to deactivate the account and has referred the matter to the Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate,” the statement continued. “The tweets do not reflect the values of this administration and our work to rebuild a humane, orderly, and secure immigration system.”
Totally unacceptable and disappointing that any CBP Twitter account was used to R/T offensive, unauthorized content. We’ve removed the content and will deactivate the account. The Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate. This must not happen again. pic.twitter.com/O0Vwr3K7nI
— CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus (@CBPChrisMagnus) September 11, 2022