Border Agent Warns Biden’s Political Stunt Vax Mandate; Will Make Every Town A Dangeous Border Town
A Border Patrol agent and NRA life member has asked to meet with President Biden to explain how the vaccine mandate for Border Patrol agents will weaken national security if the agents are fired.
“The federal government is demanding that I either undergo a force vaccination or lose the livelihood that puts food on my family’s table. That’s my so-called choice. But this isn’t just about me. The border crisis is worse than you can imagine. And if hundreds, even 1,000s of Border Patrol agents are terminated, it will impact every single American, including my own family here in the Rio Grande Valley,” 13-year Border Patrol agent Roy Cantu said in a video posted to the NRA.
The Biden administration announced in September that all federal workers must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22 or face termination. A senior official at Customs and Border Protection recently said that “counseling letters” have been sent to employees who rejected getting the vaccine, which puts them “on notice.”
“A counseling letter puts an employee on notice,” the senior CBP official said. “Counseling letters set the stage — management can say, ‘Hey, we told you you are going to be subject to discipline for failing to follow instructions.
Cantu said the mandate was a “political stunt” adding that if the border is not secure, “every state” is at risk of becoming “a border state with illegal immigrants committing violent crimes.”
“Mr. President, with all due respect, you’ve never been to the border. If you truly respect the work the Border Patrol does for this country, I humbly request that you agree to sit down and meet with me. So I can show you just how bad the situation is, and explain why terminating agents will be a disaster for national security,” Cantu says in the video.
Cantu said he was at work when illegal immigrants recently broke into his house in the middle of the night to steal his uniforms, his wife was home alone with only a samurai sword and her Chihuahua dog to scare them off.
“It’s your responsibility to protect yourself and your family. Utilize your Second Amendment,” Cantu says.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said that Cantu “embodies the spirit of service that many of our members share.”
“He was awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for courageous acts in the service of others. The NRA is proud to count him among our ranks,” LaPierre said.
Seventy-nine percent of Border Patrol’s 21,393 employees were vaccinated as of Nov. 17. The border crisis continued to overwhelm agents as the mandate rolled out, with the Rio Grande Valley sector alone reporting more than 100,000 illegal encounters between Oct. 1 to the start of December. In November, Customs and Border Protection figures show agents reported 173,620 encounters at the border, that’s a 140% increase from 2020.
A group of 62 Republicans spoke up for the agents last month, demanding Biden hold the requirement and protect national security by keeping the agents in their jobs.
“We have serious concerns about your vaccine mandate for Federal employees and how it will impact the already understaffed and overworked United States Border Patrol and our overall national security,” the Republicans, led by Rep. Elise Stefanik, said in the letter to Biden.
“Despite these staffing issues, thousands of Border Patrol agents are at risk of losing their jobs because of your ill-conceived policy,” they wrote. “This mandate is wholly incongruent with the principles of individual choice and medical freedom, puts families in our districts at risk of financial ruin, and threatens our national security by flooding our communities with undocumented, unvetted migrants.”