El Paso area CBP to deactivate Twitter account after political and homophobic activity
The El Paso Region of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deactivating its Twitter account after it was used on Saturday to promote political and homophobic content.
“US Customs and Border Protection has become aware of unauthorized and inappropriate content that has been posted to the @CBPWestTexas Twitter account. CBP will take action to disable the account and has referred the matter to the Office of Professional Responsibility for investigation. The tweets do not reflect the values of this administration and our work to rebuild a humane, orderly and secure immigration system,” the agency said in a statement.
The CBP West Texas Region Twitter account, which is based in El Paso, retweeted and liked a number of tweets on Saturday from former Trump administration adviser Steven Miller, as well as other accounts criticizing the Biden administration.
The CBP West Texas Twitter account liked a tweet that used a homophobic slur when mentioning US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is gay.
Government social media accounts are typically managed by agency employees in communication and community roles. Public accounts are generally used to promote agency programs and initiatives and generally avoid political statements.
CBP did not identify which employee was using the agency’s Twitter account at the time of the controversial retweets and likes, including whether the person was based in El Paso.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus took to Twitter to condemn the retweets and likes on the agency’s West Texas account.
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, said the person who shared and liked the tweets shouldn’t work for the government.