UPDATED @ 10:30 PM (EST) WITH ICE STATEMENT
A Twitter account for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) specializing in public safety alerts pertaining to fugitive undocumented immigrants called ICE Alerts on Tuesday has been locked.
At the time of publication, ICE’s official Twitter account has not addressed the locking of the ICE Alerts account.
On the ICE Alerts account page is a note saying: “These Tweets are protected” and “Only approved followers can see @ICEAlerts’s Tweets.” The note then mentions that in order to request access, click “follow”.
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The account, launched in January 2013, was reportedly locked by the Biden administration, according to a former senior advisor at ICE, Jon Feere. According to him, the account was largely developed by the Trump administration.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Feere heavily criticized the move to lock the account, charging that it “seems the Biden Admin locked @ICEAlerts because if you were to report the location of one of these dangerous aliens to ICE, it would become too obvious that these assaulters, drug dealers, thieves, and drunk drivers are now allowed to go free under Biden’s policies.”
Feere went on to share examples of public safety alerts from the account, arguing that the administration “doesn’t want you reporting” violent fugitives who are undocumented immigrants.
In a statement to this reporter, an ICE spokesperson said that the ICE Alerts account, whose last tweet was on January 21, has been archived.
“ICE continues to use its main twitter account, @ICEgov, and our regional twitter accounts to communicate with the public about our national security, border security, and public safety mission,” the spokesperson said. “ICE also uses our website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr to communicate with all our stakeholders, including local jurisdictions.”
“ICE routinely updates its many communication tools to ensure accurate information remains consist with current priorities,” the spokesperson continued. “As with similar accounts associated with prior administrations’ policies, @ICEalerts was archived as it was no longer being maintained.”
“ICE continues to focus its civil immigration enforcement on the common-sense priorities of national security, border security, and public safety,” they added.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not immediately respond to this reporter’s request.
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During the Trump administration, whose immigration policies and rhetoric were markedly tougher than those of previous administrations, the role of ICE came under intense scrutiny from progressives and various civil rights groups in large part—among many other things—for using tactics viewed as aggressive and inhumane in its detaining of undocumented immigrants residing in the country. As a result, an increasing amount of those on the left have come out in support of abolishing ICE outright.
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