Border Patrol Moves Away from Social Media Amid Escalating Flood of Migrants

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 4, 2017: A Border Patrol vehicle patrols the international border wall near the ocean at Border Field State Park, the southwesternmost beach in the United States.

( – The Tucson Sector of the United States Border Patrol announced on November 26 it’s officially pausing all of its social media activities, as the agency deals with an increase of migrants at the border. In a tweet, Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin said that every single account of the Tucson Sector will be suspended “until further notice.” He also said the agency appreciated the understanding and “continued support” of Americans during such a “challenging time.”

As reported by Fox News, reporter Bill Melugin noted that the social media pause came a couple of hours after the Tucson Sector reported 15,300 illegal crossings on the border last week, representing the highest weekly total in history. Melugin explained that the vast majority of illegal immigrants who entered the country in the latest batch came from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Central America.

The Fox News reporter added that border authorities seized 117 lbs. of fentanyl in the same week, which included three narcotic events, 14 human smuggling events, 17 rescues, and 78 federal criminal cases. Melugin pointed out that Biden administration officials fear that the border crisis could get even worse over the next few months.

On his Twitter account, the Fox News reporter said that the pause of all social media activity has a “bad look” that could have negative consequences for the sector, despite the “reasoning” behind it. He also explained that the agency’s decision to cut off “transparency” with Americans shows that the border crisis is “so bad” that is already getting out of control. Melugin pointed out that the pause is “unacceptable” because many journalists in the country use the Tucson Sector accounts as their main sources to get data and photos.

According to different reports, the sector has been consistently overwhelmed with 2,500 illegal crossings per day over the last few weeks. In addition to Latin America, illegal border crossings come from different parts of the world. These include Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

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