Border Patrol Museum reopens after protest hits exhibits

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In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, is the entrance of the U.S. Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. Border Patrol Museum explores the story from the agency’s formation to fight Chinese immigration and Prohibition, to its role amid massive migration and cartel drug smuggling. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Border Patrol has reopened after officials say protesters vandalized exhibits.

The U.S. Border Patrol Museum in El Paso announced on its Facebook page Wednesday the museum is welcoming visitors following a protest by immigrant advocates earlier this month.

Museum officials say protesters posted stickers with images of the migrant children who have died recently in Border Patrol custody throughout the museum.

The demonstrators, who called themselves Tornillo: The Occupation, denied in an email statement that the protest left behind any permanent damage.

The privately funded museum — near one of the busiest U.S. ports of entry — seeks to tell the history of the Border Patrol as the nation’s views on immigration, travel and border security have changed.

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