CBP's Tweet That Santa Has Been 'Cleared For Entry' Into U.S. Met With Photos of Kids in Detention Center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined several government agencies in marking Christmas Day, but their Santa Claus immigration reference angered many who responded that hundreds of migrant families remain separated at the border.

The official CBP Twitter account posted a picture of Santa holding a "global entry" identification card on Christmas Eve, prompting ridicule from several journalists, migrant activists and anti-Trump parody accounts who replied with pictures of immigrant children in cages at the U.S. southern border.

Several U.S. government accounts, including NORAD, "tracked" Santa's movements Tuesday night, but the Department of Agriculture drew similar flack to CBP by tweeting "Santa and his 9 reindeer have been issued a permit to enter the U.S." Both tweets sparked backlash as the country remains widely divided over President Donald Trump's continued crackdown on illegal immigration along the U.S.- Mexico border and the detention centers which hold these families.

"Santa, his reindeer and all of the presents have been cleared by CBP for entry into the United States! @NoradSanta," remarked the CBP Twitter account on Christmas Eve.

"He missed a stop," replied the widely popular @DevinCow account, showing a Getty Image of migrant children sleeping in space blankets inside metal fencing.

"Hope he brought gifts for these kids!" tweeted Sleeping Giants, a social media activism organization, using the same picture.

"What sort of messed-up Regime jokes about detaining Santa and then has him pose with his papers?" responded economist David Rothschild on Christmas Day. "At some point today @ICEgov is totally going to post a photo of a detained & shackled Santa as some sort of messed-up warning to migrants without proper documents."

"Good thing he's white or he'd be sleeping under a roll of Reynolds Wrap," tweeted author Benjamin Dreyer.

Critics of the Santa immigration tweet also tagged the official North American Aerospace Defense Command and Agriculture Departments Twitter accounts when making their criticisms: "@CBP and @NoradSanta What a hilarious joke. Because you otherwise would have locked him up with the poor refugees you are torturing at the border, right How do you live with yourself? How do you look at yourself in the mirror and not vomit?" remarked the Spector Hair Day parody account.

Several responses to the CBP tweet linked out to stories over the past month about churches placing the Nativity Scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ inside metal cages rather than a manger. Southern California church, Claremont United Methodist, placed Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three Wise Men inside a cage on their property earlier this month.

"In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at the borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," remarked Reverand Karen Clark Ristine, the church's head pastor, in a Facebook post.

"Will [Santa] be detained at the border and thrown into a cage?" wrote author Jamie Schler in a December 24 tweet.

"Did he get a 'genius visa like Melania Trump?" added former Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Rick Rosner.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined several government agencies in marking Christmas Day, but their Santa Claus immigration reference angered many who responded that hundreds of migrant families remain separated at the border. Screenshot: CBP } Twitter