UPDATED 12:37 PM PT — Mon. July 2, 2018
Immigration officials are taking to Twitter to highlight their efforts to keep America safe.
On Monday, agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a social media campaign to raise public awareness of their work.
Today, DHS, @CBP, and @ICEgov will be sharing stories of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day with the sole objective of protecting our nation. Make sure to follow to see stories that have not been widely reported.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) July 2, 2018
This comes in response to far-left attacks and mass protests against immigration enforcement.
Official Twitter accounts for the agencies feature stories of officials saving lives as well as curbing sex-trafficking, and the smuggling of drugs and weapons.
#AMO agents hiked to rescue a severely dehydrated man and carried him back to the helicopter for evacuation. #USBP BORSTAR agents were standing by to provide medical care. #CBP stands ready to conduct lifesaving rescue operations. https://t.co/9BMqjGUUCt pic.twitter.com/5NTCVHxHJW
— CBP (@CBP) July 2, 2018
Trump administration officials are saying crimes are connected to illegal mass-migration and human-trafficking.
“While many claim asylum, few are fleeing persecution,” stated Vice President Mike Pence. “Among this flood of illegal migrants are human traffickers, and violent gang members like MS-13, but most are making the journey seeking economic opportunity, driven by the misguided belief that they can ignore the laws of the United States.”
Immigration officials say their social media campaign is aimed at countering the mainstream media’s false narratives and under-reporting on their work.