The Twitter account for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was removed then placed back on the social media platform Thursday after a “technical glitch” was resolved.
At some point Thursday, the @ICEgov account appeared to have disappeared from Twitter. The disappearance of the account for the federal agency, which has been the subject of polarizing political debates, got lots of response Thursday afternoon. Matt Ford, a reporter with The New Republic, tweeted that the account had disappeared about 12:18 p.m.
Immigration enforcement is the primary purpose of ICE, and the agency enforces “400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods,” according to the website. Some critics have disputed the efforts to enforce immigration laws as an affront to human rights for the thousands who are being detained at the more than 130 facilities across the U.S.