It'd be cool if @CBP could explain why it keeps returning US citizen infants to Mexican border cities w/out any documentation of their US citizenship, leaving these infants STATELESS, & maybe explain how this is a necessary pandemic public health measure. Make it make sense,
Just received another report of a 2nd Haitian family returned to MX under bullshit ass Title 42, after mom gave birth in San Diego. @CBP is sending US citizen infants back to MX w/no birth certificate & no safety net. Some baby is going to die & the blood will be on their hands
Sending infants back to border cities where COVID is unchecked, & w/out proof of citizenship isn't only irresponsible, but shows a wanton disregard for human life. But what else can we expect from an agency with a reputation for killing kids under their care.
@CBP will tell reporters & you the public a whole pack of lies. How the mothers "chose" to return to Mexico with their US citizen infants during a worldwide pandemic. Don't believe their lying asses for a second. No one chooses to make their infant stateless. No one.
In fact, @CBP lies and tells the mothers they will be released into the US. Makes a great show of asking for sponsors' addresses & phone numbers--- only to dump the families back over the border, with not even money to make a phone call.
If this is the agency charged with keeping US citizens safe, they're doing a real shit job. Because from where I sit, they're actually doing things which make US citizens unsafe, put them at grave risk. But who cares about a bunch of brown babies, right? Because this is Amerikkka
So for the curious reporters & colleagues in conversation with the"transition team," ask @JoeBiden this question: What are you going to do about these undocumented US citizens? How will you right this wrong? And please don't tell us it will take time. Its not that complicated.

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