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Biden admin locks ICE Twitter account used to alert public to fugitive illegal immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) SWAT officers. (Department of Homeland Security/Released)
March 03, 2021

The Biden administration locked one of the Twitter accounts this week for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tuesday, stopping public safety alerts for fugitive illegal immigrants in the United States.  

Former ICE senior advisor Jon Feere tweeted on Tuesday, “It seems the Biden Admin locked [ICE Alerts] 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 criticized the Biden administration’s decision, accusing it of attempting to conceal information on criminal immigrants, including sexual assault and child abuse offenders.

“ICE also used to post “Most Wanted Wednesday” tweets aimed at getting the public’s help in locating public safety threats. The Biden Admin is apparently not too interested in public safety,” Feere continued.

Created in 2013, the account was boosted under former President Donald Trump and used as an efficient means of communicating details surrounding known “fugitives,” including the individual’s name, nationality, criminal history and the jurisdiction in which they were released, according to Fox Business.

Fox News reported that an ICE spokesperson said the current administration was not using the account, noting, “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.”

“ICE routinely updates its many communication tools to ensure accurate information remains consist with current priorities. As with similar accounts associated with prior administrations’ policies, @ICEalerts was archived as it was no longer being maintained,” the spokesperson added.

Locking the account is the latest in a series of moves by the Biden administration to “modernize” United States immigration policies. On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that separated families will be permitted to reunite in the U.S. and pursue citizenship.

“We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in their country of origin. We hope to be in a position to give them the election,” Mayorkas said in a press briefing. “And if, in fact, they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States, and to address the family needs.”

“We are acting as restoratively as possible,” he added.

The new administration has implemented sweeping changes to immigration police since Biden took office on January 20, including ending construction of Trump’s border wall and emergency declaration, introducing a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants and creating new rules that protect many illegal immigrants from deportation.