The primary responsibility of Border Patrol agents is to enforce our immigration laws and protect our borders from those that intend to do our nation harm. Unfortunately, instead of supporting our agents, this administration has decided it is more important to find new ways to solicit complaints and invite ridicule against them.
The National Border Patrol Council is dismayed and disappointed that the administration continues to focus on supporting the agendas of extreme pro-illegal immigration groups instead of advocating for additional resources and training for agents and quick implication of a fair compensation system.
We recommend that DHS create a mechanism where agents can file complaints on the following issues:
- How the administration’s failure to immediately and fully implement the Border Patrol Agents Pay Reform Act, signed into law on Dec. 18, is impacting agents and our families.
- How the failure to fully enforce our immigration laws emboldens illegal crossers and endangers agents.
- How the failure to adequately equip agents puts us at risk from the increased violence demonstrated by drug cartels and human smugglers.
It is time to wholeheartedly endorse the important work we do every day. We serve as our nation’s first line of defense and the work we do daily impacts every community, from Dover, Del. to Ames, Iowa, to Tacoma, Wash. When we are successful, less violence spills over the border and into our communities. When we are successful, the amount of dangerous drugs is reduced. When we are successful, our nation is more safe,.
We demand that this administration spend more time defending the men and women defending our nation and less time promoting the extreme agendas of pro-illegal immigration organizations.
The brave men and women of the Border Patrol deserve greater respect for the vital work we do. We demand that the administration advocate for our well being as vociferously as it advocates for the well being of those who willingly violate our laws.