For Immediate Release
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After careful consideration of all the factors involved, the National Border Patrol Council has called for and local 2455 has agreed to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump.
Trump’s comments deriding the military service of our friend John McCain are disrespectful not just to the Senator but to all veterans, many of whom serve as Border Patrol agents.
As a presidents of NBPC affiliated local unions, we have a duty to support and protect the men and women who protect our borders. Make no mistake, our border with Mexico is not secure and there’s no doubt that we need to have an honest discussion about that with the American people. Unfortunately, Trump’s comments have created an environment hostile to that conversation.
If the president of Local 2455 had consulted with NBPC leadership or any of the other 15 local union presidents, he would have realized that appearing with Trump might imply that the NBPC was endorsing his presidential candidacy. Just to be clear, an endorsement was never discussed, much less offered.
A campaign-style visit by Trump to Laredo at this time would only serve as a distraction from the important work our agents do daily to secure the border. For these reasons, we are pleased that Local 2455 will not participate in any events with Trump.
Brandon Judd, President NBPC
Anthony Fiorita, President Miami Local 3725
Art Del Cueto, President Tucson Local 2544
Brett Worsencroft, President Yuma Local 2595
Christian Porras, President, Swanton Local 2266
Jon Anfinsen, President, Del Rio Local 2366
Lee Smith, President, Big Bend Local 2509
Kylie Johnson, President Grand Forks Local 2789
Lombardo Amaya, President, El Centro Local 2554
Michael O’Connor, President, Buffalo Local 2724
Mike Cox , President Blaine, Spokane and Havre Local 2913
Paul Perez, President, Rio Grande Valley Local 3307
Rob Mcardle, President Houlton Local 2349
Rob Russell, President, El Paso Local 1929
Terence L. Shigg, President, San Diego Local 1613