On February 16, 2017, at 8:46AM Pacific, New Yorker Magazine reporter Jonathan Blitzer contacted NBPC Vice President Shawn Moran by phone requesting comment for a story he was writing concerning CBP, the NBPC, and President Trump. Blitzer said he would email over some questions and points that he wanted to give the NBPC the chance to respond to.
Blitzer emailed the questions at 9:20AM Pacific.
On February 17, 2017, at 9:20AM Pacific, Shawn Moran responded by email with the NBPC's answers and viewpoints on the questions provided.
The New Yorker did not even allow the NBPC 24 hours to respond to these very charged accusations before it ran the story. The story posted at 9AM Pacific on Febraury 17th. The NBPC can come to no other conclusion than that the New Yorker was not interested in our answers and had the story written prior to contacting us. The call and email was simply an attempt by the New Yorker to cover itself and say it sought out the perspective of the NBPC.
The topic of "fake news" tops headlines everywhere these days, and this instance by the New Yorker falls into that category. Sloppy reporting, anonymous sourcing, and a reliance upon unverified facts make this article out to be nothing more than a hit-piece on the National Border Patrol Council and by extension Border Patrol agents everywhere.
We commend President Trump for recognizing that in the US Border Patrol, experience matters. We are unlike any other law enforcement agency in the world. We operate marine, land, and air units in every climate, and every environment. The previous administration's attempts to treat the Border Patrol like any law enforcement agency, resulted in leadership that was reactive and in constant crisis. As we begin to implement President Trump’s plan to secure the border and protect our communities, Mr. Vitiello's experience will be invaluable. We look forward to working with Chief Vitiello.
As representatives of the nation’s Frontline immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job. We applaud the three executive orders he has issued to date, and are confident they will make America safer and more prosperous. Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders. The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump’s actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
The National Border Patrol Council calls on Rep. Lacy Clay to permanently remove the anti-police painting that he has chosen to hang in the US Capitol. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the other law eneforcement officers who have called for Rep. Clay to take that action. The painting has no place in the seat of the United States government.
The National Border Patrol Council believes strongly in the first amendment and the right to free expression. The decision to highlight and promote this painting in the United States Capitol however, goes beyond any sense of decency. At a time when tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers, and between racial groups are at high levels, this display of this painting only further exacerbates this problem. Also, to depict law enforcement officers as less than human plays to the same complaint that groups have about law enforcement, when they are accused of not treating those they encounter humanely.
Finally, Congress has very serious business to conduct as they attempt to fix many of the problems the country currently faces. This issue only serves to distract legislators from the job they were elected to do. Too much time has already spent debating this issue, it is time for it to be done so we can move on.