The Border Patrol Emails: An Update

The writer or writers of the ALT🛂 Immigration Twitter account spent the day today reviewing the trove of documents that he or she started to publish this morning, documents purported to be from U.S. Border Patrol agents as they celebrated the U.S. Presidential Election results last November 8. A first batch was published on the Twitter account and this website published an article.

The account holder(s) noticed something and discontinued the document dump this afternoon, at first without explanation. In a private communication, an explanation was sent to me this evening: “Although some emails we reviewed appeared to be legitimate with correct sourcing, we have doubts to the authenticity of much of the rest of the rhetoric.” That statement is on-the-record.

Some of the emails may have been—or may not have been—tampered with to make the language appear incendiary. That possible tampering makes it difficult to separate the real opinions as truly reflected in the emails from the pranks, in both those emails published and those not yet seen, so, in a display of admirable prudence, the ALT🛂 Immigration Twitter account holders have chosen to cease using the source that supplied the emails from U.S. Border Patrol.

Even if the emails as published reveal actual opinions and actual thoughts from real agents, the fact that not every I can be dotted or T crossed led to the cessation of the document publication. The first batch remains on the Twitter account, and my article stands, with this update added.

This bout of prudence leads me to trust the writer(s) of the ALT🛂 Immigration Twitter account more thoroughly. A note about that trust follows:

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Earlier this week, when I wrote and published an article about proposed changes to the implementation of (actually, to the understanding of) Title IX leaked from the Department of Justice, the leak was published by the @ALT_USCIS account, which is not one associated with the Department of Justice.

I have been following the @ALT_USCIS account and trust it. That is why I published the article even though other journalists have not yet published anything about the possible proposed Title IX changes. (Some journalists asked the @ALT_USCIS account for sources behind the Title IX leak. They were openly rebuffed.)

No one inside (or outside) the Department of Justice has rejected, debunked, or denied either my article or the @ALT_USCIS Twitter account’s publication of the leak about changes to Title IX. If and when it is debunked, I will publish that, too. If and when the @ALT_USCIS is proved to be a bad source, I will publish an article about that.

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