Tucson Border Chief Clarifies After Uproar


On November 26, 2023, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, John Modlin, declared that for now, the Tucson sector social media account on X (formerly Twitter) would pause posting.

“In light of the ongoing migration surge, all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be paused until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this challenging time. Honor First,” he wrote in a now-deleted social media post.

The announcement had Fox News border reporter Bill Melugin asking a lot of questions.

“What?! Just days Border Patrol’s Tucson sector reported having 15,300 illegal crossings last week (highest weekly total ever), Tucson sector BP says it’s pausing its social media until further notice due to “ongoing migration surge”. This account posts valuable info & data. Wow,” he wrote.

Adding: “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 announcement was followed by backlash online.

Later, Modlin deleted his posts and apologized for his “hastily written statement.”

According to reports the decision was made at the regional level and not from DC.