Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin stated that all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be put on hold "until further notice" due to the ongoing surge in migration. Modlin expressed gratitude for the public's understanding and continued support during this challenging period.
This decision comes in the wake of the sector reporting a record-breaking 15,300 illegal crossings last week, the highest weekly total ever recorded. Additionally, during that week, authorities seized 117 lbs. of Fentanyl, handled 78 federal criminal cases, conducted 17 rescues, encountered 14 human smuggling incidents, and intercepted three narcotics events.
The announcement has drawn criticism, with Fox News' Bill Melugin highlighting the negative optics of cutting off communication and transparency with the public. Melugin tweeted, "Regardless of the reasoning behind this – this is such a bad look. Essentially – the border crisis in the sector is so bad that they're going to cut off all communication and transparency with the public. We routinely use the photos & data from this account. It's unacceptable."
The Tucson Sector consistently faces overwhelming numbers of illegal crossings, averaging between 2,000 to 2,500 per day. These border crossings originate from various parts of the globe, including Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.