(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has issued a “gag order” banning the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency from revealing data on the illegal immigration crisis, according to a report.
The new DHS directive, reviewed by the Texas chapter of Breitbart News, prohibits all CBP managers from posting statistical data on social media or via releases about the arrests of illegal immigrants – unless they have the department’s explicit approval.
The directive, which prevents Border Patrol officials from making public any interim data or stories, comes as the fate of Title 42, the Trum-era swift expulsion policy, is already in the hands of the US Supreme Court.
According to the outlet’s CBP source, the DHS gag order is supposed to “curb routine disclosures of migrant apprehensions near the southern border.”
Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agents typically give such data through comments to reporters and social media posts.
The report noted the “unprecedented directive” was sent out on Monday and entered into force immediately.
The directive was titled “DHS OPA guidance on social media coordination for the lifting of Title 42.” “OPA” stands for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs.
In later clarifications, DHS said it prohibited “direct communication with outlets or platforms regarding the release of migrant apprehension statistics without DHS approval.”
The report stresses the sudden end of routine social media posts by several sectors of the US Border Patrol has already made the impact of the gag order visible. Such posts usually contain weekly or weekend recaps on the number of illegals entering the US and other developments.
Earlier this month, before the DHS gag order circulation, El Paso Chief Patrol Agent Peter Jaquez provided on December 12 a weekend recap showing over 2,460 migrants, on average, entered the city in the preceding three days.
However, Jaquez’s latest Tuesday recap only contained information on 57 migrant arrests connected with organized smuggling schemes.
“The disparity in the breadth of information between the two tweets is stark,” the report pointed out.
“The CBP source is alarmed by the policy’s intent to remove highly visible images and real-time statistics from the public domain,” it added.
According to the cited source, the gag order would enable the DHS to “control the narrative” at a time when the illegal immigration crisis is worsening, and the fate of the Title 42 expulsion policy remains unclear.
“The source further emphasized that future apprehension data releases could be delayed and presented in such a manner to minimize the impacts of the crisis,” the report concluded.