During the holidays, numerous United States government agencies get into the spirit of the season.
In years past, the purpose was to add a little more magic for children as well as peace on earth and good will to men.
It was also an opportunity to acquaint people with the functions of certain government agencies.
For over 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its predecessor CONAD have tracked Santa's flight for children across the USA, Canada and the rest of the Americas.
#NORAD satellites spotted #Santa zooming over Greenland! #NORADTracksSanta https://t.co/gSvRD6ezKo https://t.co/Mr2jZBZlDr— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577238604.0
#Santa was spotted in Honduras! #NORAD https://t.co/gSvRD6ezKo https://t.co/pi74lLNyPA— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577250352.0
#Santa gives a big wave to the United States Strategic Command as he flies over Nebraska, USA! #NORAD #STRATCOM Uni… https://t.co/cJr0vS9lif— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577255163.0
Where in the world is #Santa now? He’s flying over Kitimat, British Columbia! #NORAD #NORADTracksSanta… https://t.co/3eeix5IvPi— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577264103.0
The reindeer love the weather in Nome, Alaska! #NORAD #Santa #NORADTracksSanta https://t.co/gSvRD6ezKo https://t.co/kODOOmy4qc— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577265905.0
Mele Kalikimaka! #Santa is wrapping up his night with a visit to Hawaii, USA. #NORAD #NORADTracksSanta… https://t.co/uLoYPVVgiw— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577268605.0
Merry Christmas from our #NORAD team to all #Santa Trackers! #NORADTracksSanta #NoradSanta #SantaTracker… https://t.co/KF47Hxx362— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NORAD Tracks Santa)1577278844.0
The Department of Agriculture issued a permit for Santa's reindeer to enter the USA...
🚨 BREAKING: Santa and his 9 reindeer have been issued a permit to enter the U.S. on #ChristmasEve, thus ensuring ch… https://t.co/cMLcKTnX75— Dept. of Agriculture (@Dept. of Agriculture)1577126209.0
...and the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol—the department responsible for separating, caging, losing and allowing the deaths of children at the border—issued Santa an entry VISA.
Santa, his reindeer and all of the presents have been cleared by CBP for entry into the United States! @NoradSanta https://t.co/D28Xd8dAcg— CBP (@CBP)1577243856.0
That last one did not go over as well as DHS probably hoped.
@p_bone @CBP @NoradSanta Soon to be sent DeVos's kidnapping, er, adoption (wink, wink) agency for placement with ev… https://t.co/4nLNns9hUR— Tom (@Tom)1577259861.0
At some point today @ICEgov is totally going to post a photo of a detained & shackled Santa as some sort of messed-… https://t.co/e27kMFD6Lk— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1577288533.0
@DavMicRot @ICEgov Apparently Santa will have no problem because he's white. On the other hand, the reindeer might… https://t.co/S2HeHjZL6B— scout1995 (@scout1995)1577298275.0
@DavMicRot @DebbieJuneToo1 @CBP @NoradSanta People who think caging children, denying them toothbrushes and soap, a… https://t.co/HRgrH4c1M2— Pat G. 🍑 #Resist 🍑 #VetsAgainstTrump (@Pat G. 🍑 #Resist 🍑 #VetsAgainstTrump)1577331120.0
@miyridian @slpng_giants @CBP And then @CBP will arrest Santa for trying to do something nice for the children in t… https://t.co/MV4NQOWlYc— JMS (@JMS)1577366883.0
@lifesafeast @CBP @NoradSanta He’s quite the looker. And @DevinNunes has demanded release of his nudes and that Dem… https://t.co/8Krv3E23oZ— Timothy Cole (@Timothy Cole)1577304952.0
Many speculated on why Santa might get better treatment than some asylum seekers who, according to federal law, broke no laws by entering the country to request asylum.
@kim @CBP @NoradSanta @CBPMarkMorgan If Santa had asked for asylum due to climate change in the arctic causing his… https://t.co/H4ks4oxix0— MzSphalerite (@MzSphalerite)1577287851.0
NORAD's Santa tracker has been a tradition for over 60 years.
Based on the public's reaction, "CBP gives Santa an entry VISA" should probably be a one time thing.