U.S. Border Patrol agents have allegedly been given the ultimatum to either be vaccinated or face termination despite the thousands of migrants infected with the virus streaming into the United States, as a whistleblower alleges the order came from the Biden administration.
On Tuesday, a letter to DHS Chief Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) asked why agents at the southern border are now being ordered to get the vaccination or face termination during the problematic crisis.
While our border is facing this serious crisis, we have learned that you are threatening to terminate a significant portion of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) workforce.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14043 requiring federal employees to fully vaccinate against Covid-19 or face termination of their employment.
The incredible strain this would impose on the CBP was highlighted in the letter as reducing a workforce that already struggles to recruit people.
For years and through multiple administrations, it has been difficult to recruit and retain men and women to serve in U.S. Border Patrol. The locations of the job are typically remote, and the job is often dangerous and hard. Their job is made even harder when senior officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris, spread false accusations of cruelty.
Undoubtedly, the letter referred to the recent comments made by Harris, who compared the photos of agents on horseback interrupting Haitian migrants to the days of slavery.
“First of all, I’ve been very clear about the images that you and I both saw of those law enforcement officials on horses – I was outraged by it,” she said on ABC last Friday. “It was horrible and deeply troubling. There’s been now an investigation that has been conducted, which I fully support, and there needs to be consequences and accountability.”
She continued, “Human beings should not be treated that way, and as we all know, it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country.”
However, the photographer who recorded that moment said the images had been misinterpreted, especially the bold lie that agents were using whips.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” photographer Paul Ratje told KTSM-TV.
“He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture,” he added.
The letter from Jordan and McClintock colluded by noting the outrageousness of demanding the agents at the southern border be vaccinated. At the same time, migrants are permitted to enter the country who have coronavirus.
“It is simply unbelievable that the Biden Administration will allow Covid-positive illegal aliens to surge across the border but will terminate dedicated law-enforcement officers who do not comply with Biden’s mandate,” it said.