September 11 since 2001 has become a day of reflection for many individuals and organizations. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was no exception.
Like many federal agencies, they took the opportunity to commemorate 9/11. But unlike others—many who actually participated in threat mitigation and recovery efforts after the attack—ICE decided to herald their own accomplishments rather than make a statement about those who died or those who stepped up.
@davidwsapp @ICEgov @DHSgov ICE wouldn't exist without the jingoistic fervor that came after 9/11— Normal display name (@Normal display name) 1568306807.0
The agency—created in 2003 after President George W. Bush created the new Homeland Security cabinet position in the wake of 9/11—claimed the 2001 terrorist attacks were their reasons for their current actions while including a 2001 photo of rescue workers at Ground Zero in New York City.
For ICE employees, the prevention of another 9/11 is the reason many go to work each day. The very existence of… https://t.co/wkhvAvK9WT— ICE (@ICE) 1568212060.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov Y’all got some nerve— Papi Manzana (@Papi Manzana) 1568217091.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov Jailing kids is your thing?— jay jackson (@jay jackson) 1568217204.0
Their self-congratulatory tweet did not sit well. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) of Texas blasted back at them on Twitter.
How dare you try to justify @ICEgov’s inhuman actions (putting children in cages, separating families, raiding home… https://t.co/mPBPDoLvV7— RAICES (@RAICES) 1568219133.0
RAICES Texas was far from alone in their condemnation of the post or the agency's role in the Trump administration's family separation policy.
@ICEgov @DHSgov As a veteran, and as someone who was at the Pentagon on #September11th, and someone who worked for… https://t.co/dfV6wX1qxh— Comrade California 🧜🏼♀️🌹🍕 (@Comrade California 🧜🏼♀️🌹🍕) 1568250524.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov ICE?.......More like SS.— cupcake (@cupcake) 1568219775.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov And instead you’ve become the Gestapo.— CC (@CC) 1568220223.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov The actual reason Racism— Narrator 🆘 (@Narrator 🆘) 1568228124.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov ICE is the hopes and dreams that Osama Bin Laden prayed for every day. You guys go out there and t… https://t.co/8ljVGwLsqt— Baby Yoda Now (@Baby Yoda Now) 1568228506.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov ICE is the largest terrorist organization on American soil.— i bless the rains down in castamere (@i bless the rains down in castamere) 1568228227.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov "And that's why we have to kill children in prisons"— Erudite Donald (@Erudite Donald) 1568212680.0
The Trump administration itself did not come away unscathed.
@ICEgov @DHSgov All you have to do us look at this administration. Trump invited the Taliban here on 9/11.— Lisa (@Lisa) 1568219532.0
@ICEgov @DHSgov #AbolishICE & investigate all current & former employees level of involvement in the human rights v… https://t.co/VSOb5blynj— Tall Mammals (@Tall Mammals) 1568221738.0
Many pointed out ICE's focus was in the wrong place for threats to the United States.
@ICEgov @DHSgov It's fortunate you're on the job. Especially when you consider the history of Mexican and Central… https://t.co/bIQYnCbk2y— Emily Litella (@Emily Litella) 1568220143.0
Prior to September 2018, no children died in Department of Homeland Security custody for over a decade. Now at least 6 children have died while in the custody of the United States government.
None were suspected terrorists.
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