National Border Patrol Council Opposes H.R. 399

After careful review the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents over 16,500 Border Patrol agents, has concluded that H.R. 399 will do very little to secure the border and is a missed opportunity for Congress to meaningfully address border security. Because of this, Border Patrol agents are advocating that members of Congress vote no on the legislation when it is considered in the House next week.  

Shawn Moran, NBPC National Spokesperson, stated: “We believe that overall H.R. 399 will not be effective in helping to secure our borders. This legislation speaks about metrics but frankly does not provide either the strategy or the resources necessary to achieve them. We need real solutions on the border where the trends are moving in the wrong direction with increased apprehensions, more aggressive action from smugglers and drug cartels, and continued threats from terrorists.” 

The National Border Patrol Council believes that in order to reverse the current trends legislation must contain the following elements:

H.R. 399 will disburse hundreds of millions of dollars in Operation Stonegarden funding, without a single requirement to show its effectiveness in helping to secure the border.

HR 399 only duplicates a staffing floor that is already in place through the annual appropriations bill.

Increased training to better prepare agents to react to changing threats on the border. This would include restoring the academy to approximately 20 weeks that most law enforcement agencies have, and not the 54 days used by the Border Patrol.

Increased resources for agents to do the job they are trained to do. This would include better gear, more M-4 rifles in the field, and improved communications equipment.

Moran concluded: “Although there are some positive elements to H.R. 399, we believe in it’s entirety it will only serve as window dressing and was drafted without any input front line agents who are protecting our border. We are very interested in working with any member of Congress to create legislation that focuses on a real strategy that keeps our nation and our agents safe.” 

National Border Patrol Council Statement of Support for the NYPD

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of New York police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were gunned down in Brooklyn last month. These brave men gave their lives to protect the community they loved. Their unselfish dedication to their department, their city and their fellow officers is an inspiration to our nation.

The more than 16,500 men and women represented by the National Border Patrol Council stand in support of the slain officers and with all the men and women of the New York Police Department.


Congress Passes Border Patrol Pay Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed S. 1691 - Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. The passage of this important legislation is a critical step in increasing border security and protecting our nation from dangerous individuals, cartels and terrorists attempting to cross our borders.

Brandon Judd, NBPC National President, praised the House for passing this important legislation. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol would like to thank Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) for their tireless efforts. We are honored to have worked with these longtime friends and advocates of Border Patrol Agents, our nation’s first line of defense.”


Response to POLITICO Article

This article is in response to the recent article “The Green Monster” written by Garrett M. Graff.

As president of the National Border Patrol Council, I have the honor of representing the hardworking, dedicated and patriotic individuals who protect our nation. I would walk through fire to protect the integrity of our 16,000-plus members. But I will never defend the indefensible.

The brutal crimes committed by a Texas-based agent, described in stomach-churning detail in “The Green Monster,” are monstrous, indeed. These heinous acts do not represent the Border Patrol, of course, and should not be used to dismiss or disparage the routine professionalism in our ranks. Wrongdoing should never be covered up, nor should it overshadow the frequent acts of altruism and heroism.


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