Skip to comments.U.S. Border Patrol Could Face Shortage of Agents Over Vaccine Mandate NOQ Report ^ | 11/03/2021 | Brad Jones
Posted on 11/3/2021, 3:21:43 PM by SeekAndFind
While hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants cross the southern border in the worst immigration crisis in the nation’s history, the federal government could soon face a shortage of United States Border Patrol agents due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline on Nov. 22.
Article by Brad Jones from our premium news partners at The Epoch Times.
President Joe Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at a recent CNN town hall that law enforcement officers should be fired if they don’t get the vaccine. When Cooper asked, “Should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be—stay at home or let go?” Biden responded, “Yes, and yes.”
The Border Patrol has been encountering about 7,000 illegal immigrants a day on average for months, according to Tom Homan, who served as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during President Donald Trump’s administration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported nearly 1.7 encounters with illegal aliens in the 2021 fiscal year, but Homan said he expects the number to reach 1.9 million.
Homan said one Border Patrol agent is heading up a group representing several hundred others who say they will risk being fired rather than be coerced into taking getting the jab.
“I’m not anti-vax,” Homan said. “Each person has to choose on his own. Some just don’t want to do it.”
The group of agents is prepared to sue the administration if they do lose their jobs, he said.
“They won’t take the vax, so in a time of crisis, [Biden] shouldn’t force this issue,” Homan said.
“I talked to one female border patrol agent. She’s three months pregnant. She doesn’t know what the vax will do to her, and she cares, so she’s willing to lose her job,” Homan said. U.S Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Station Indio in Indio, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
He questioned the logic of forcing the Border Patrol to get vaccinated when illegal migrants are not required to be vaccinated before they’re released into American cities.
In Southern California, a reliable source close to the Border Patrol told The Epoch Times that agents are afraid to speak out about the federal employee vaccine mandate.
Hundreds of migrants who crossed the border in Texas and Arizona have arrived by the busloads every day for months at Border Patrol stations in four Southern California cities: El Centro, Calexico, Indio, and Riverside, the source said.
At the Border Patrol station in Indio, Calif., about four busloads of migrants arrive every day, the source said.
Each bus can seat up to 75 passengers which could potentially mean 300 migrants a day have entered through the Indio station since August. If all four stations in the El Centro sector are taking in that many people, it could mean more than 100,000 illegal immigrants have been moved through the region in the last few months, the source said.
Immigrants are moved onto buses and transferred to a migrant shelter in Indio, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
Homan said the Yuma, Ariz., Border Patrol station has been swamped.
“Yuma is getting their butts kicked, so they’re moving those people over to be released in Riverside. I heard that from a Border Patrol commander,” he said. “They take them to some place called Murrieta. They’re processed there and then they are released in Riverside.”
A CBP spokesperson based in San Diego told The Epoch Times via email that several Border Patrol sectors have seen a “significant increase in encounters in recent months,” but did not provide specific data.
“In order to process individuals as safely and expeditiously as possible, unprocessed individuals may be transported via air or ground transportation to other sectors along the Southwest border,” the spokesperson said. “The operational need for these sector-to-sector transfers is assessed daily based on the processing capability and facility capacity of each sector and not by external influences.”
The spokesperson stated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “is actively working to ensure compliance” with President Biden’s Executive Order requiring federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 “except in limited circumstances where an exception is required by law.”
DHS has asked all employees to certify their vaccination status by Nov. 9 or request a religious or medical exemption.
“CBP stands ready to address any potential increase in migrant encounters as we work to ensure safety and security of our borders, while managing a fair and orderly immigration system,” the spokesperson said.
“Like with migrant surges in the past, the U.S. Border Patrol is fortunate to have dedicated law enforcement professionals who remain resilient as we seek to improve enforcement efforts along the border. Day in and day out, our Border Patrol agents continue to meet the need to protect our nation’s border as well as process migrants safely and expeditiously,” the CBP spokesperson said.
Somebody discovered the plan.
2 posted on 11/3/2021, 3:28:57 PM by ProtectOurFreedom (“Everything Woke turns to shit.” ~ President Donald Trump)
This is what the admin wants...shortages so more people can come into the USA.
3 posted on 11/3/2021, 3:32:43 PM by hsmomx3
Furthers the pinko Dims agenda. It’s all good.
4 posted on 11/3/2021, 3:46:08 PM by vpintheak (Live free, or die!)
“the federal government could soon face a shortage of United States Border Patrol agents due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline on Nov. 22.”
Texas should hire them.
That part is true, but if companies have to fire 30% of their staff, Empty Shelves Joe is gonna become HUGE!!!
6 posted on 11/3/2021, 3:59:19 PM by nascarnation (Let's Go Brandon!)
Maybe that was the purpose of the mandates all along — to drive out border agents, police officers and members of the military that aren’t on board with the left-wing agenda.
7 posted on 11/3/2021, 4:11:56 PM by Kazan
We at DHS are being relentlessly bullied and the barrage of vaccine related emails has started to take on a threatening tone.
8 posted on 11/3/2021, 4:53:29 PM by Not A Snowbird (I do not recognize Biden’s authority. Or Fauci’s.)
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