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CBP issues groveling apology after official Twitter account reposts 'offensive' criticism of Joe Biden

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Customs and Border Protection issued a groveling apology on Saturday after a social media account for a CBP office based in Texas appeared to endorse criticism of President Joe Biden.

What happened?

Over the weekend, the verified Twitter account CBP West Texas "retweeted" two messages from Stephen Miller, a top adviser in the Trump administration, criticizing Biden and the "immense power of the state."

Those tweets said:

  • "Violent criminals lay waste to our communities undisturbed while the immense power of the state is arrayed against those whose only crime is dissent. 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. 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."

The "retweets" generated attention and thus a response from CBP, after immigration advocate Adam Isacson criticized CBP West Texas for reposting Miller's criticisms.

"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," Isacson said.

The account had also liked "homophobic" insults targeting Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

How did CBP respond?

The agency deactivated the CBP West Texas account (an archive remains live) and issued a stern apology.

CBP commissioner Chris Magnus called the retweeted messages "offensive" and said the agency will investigate what happened.

"Totally unacceptable and disappointing that any CBP Twitter account was used to [retweet] offensive, unauthorized content. We’ve removed the content and will deactivate the account," Magnus said. "The Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate. This must not happen again."

In an official statement, CBP said:

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 tweets do not reflect the values of this administration and our work to rebuild a humane, orderly, and secure immigration system.

The swift action to take down criticisms that do not "reflect the values" of the Biden administration leaves one wondering: What is the agency doing about the roughly 2 million migrants who have entered the U.S. over the past 12 months?

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