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Border Patrol says it’s pausing social media to deal with migrant surge

The Tucson Sector of U.S. Border Patrol will be pausing its social media activity in order to deal with an unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border.

The U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector said Sunday it is pausing social media as the agency deals with a surge of migrants at the border.

Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin said all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be paused "until further notice" in light of the ongoing migration surge. 

"We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this challenging time," Modlin tweeted. 

Fox News’ Bill Melugin notes the pause in social media activity comes days after the sector reported having 15,300 illegal crossings last week – its highest weekly total ever. 

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The week also included the seizure of 117 lbs. of fentanyl, 78 federal criminal cases, 17 rescues, 14 human smuggling events, and three narcotics events. 

"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," Melugin tweeted. "We routinely use the photos & data from this account. It’s unacceptable." 

The sector is routinely overwhelmed with 2,000 to 2,500 illegal crossings per day. Border crossings are said to come from all over the globe, including parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. 

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a response. 

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