Border Patrol Could Lose 11K Agents Due to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
More than 11,000 Border Patrol agents could be terminated within the next month due to the Biden administration’s federal vaccinate mandate. Here is what you need to know:
- On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order requiring all federal employees to be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021.
- Border Patrol agents are federal employees and operate within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
- According to an email obtained by Fox News, CBP supervisors instructed employees to upload their vaccination status and documentation by November 8, 2021, and that failing to do so would have consequences of non-compliance.
- As of October 25, 2021, 48 percent of Border Patrol agents have not responded to the reporting mandate. In a worst-case scenario, CBP predicts that agents who have not reported their status have done so because they refuse to take the vaccine, and so they will be terminated. In that case, net attrition could exceed 11,523 agents, leaving a mere 8,013 border agents on patrol.
- President Biden’s vaccine mandate is a requirement for American citizens but not for illegal aliens entering the country unlawfully. In most cases, illegal aliens are released unvaccinated, untested, and in some cases even after testing positive for COVID-19.
- The vaccine requirement comes at a time when Border Patrol is already severely understaffed and dealing with record numbers of apprehensions. Having even fewer people patrolling our border would pose even greater risks to public health, public safety and national security.