Customs and Border Patrol agents were given an official notice from President Biden — get fully vaccinated by November 1 or face termination, even though the administration is imposing a double standard in letting illegals encountered at the Southern border choose whether or not they want to get inoculated.
“We already have 75% of our border patrol agents processing and babysitting all of these illegals that they are allowed to just walk across. If you do not have a secure border, you do not have a secure nation,” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) said in an interview with NewsMax slamming President Biden for imposing “rules for thee but not for me.”
“The border agents that are putting their lives on the line, being exposed to God knows what in an incredibly dangerous situation with their hands tied behind their backs. They are now being forced to meet another standard that no one else does. And if I am correct, and I think I am, the White House doesn’t even have a mandatory vaccination requirement. Why is that? Why is there such a hypocritical role that the White House is constantly pushing out,” Cammack added.
#ICYMI: President Biden continues his "rules for thee but not for me" parade by forcing Border Patrol agents to take the vaccine or lose their jobs, according to a new internal memo. pic.twitter.com/j5Qur6c8Jx
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) October 3, 2021
Cammack’s comment comes after a whistleblower sounded the alarm to the House Judiciary Committee of the new memo of the newly imposed deadline. The memo for Border Patrol agents to get vaccinated comes as the Department of Homeland Security struggles to manage the ongoing border crisis caused by the Biden administration.
According to the official notice, Border Patrol agents must be fully vaccinated by November 2021 deadline or face getting the pink slip. According to NBPC President Brandon Judd, Border Patrol staffing is currently at 19,500, below the 21,000 Congress has set for the agency.
In addition to getting inoculated, all Border Patrol agents are instructed to register their proof with the Department of Homeland Security’s Vaccination Status System, which asks Border Patrol agents to disclose their vaccine status within ten days. Agents can select fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or unvaccinated, or decline to respond altogether. Border agents are not required to respond. However, DHS will consider agents who didn’t respond as being unvaccinated.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Tom McClintock (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee On Immigration, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last week lambasted the Biden administration over their threats “to fire Border Patrol officials who refuse to comply with President Biden’s vaccine mandate.”
“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. It has come to our attention that the men and women of CBP have been given official notice that they must be fully vaccinated by November 2021 or face termination,” the letter reads.
The letter also notes that recruiting and hiring Border Patrol personnel has been a difficulty for “years and through multiple administrations” due to the “dangerous and hard” work it entails. The GOP lawmakers argue that the Biden administration is only exacerbating the problem.
“This Administration is now openly targeting the heroic men and women of U.S. Border Patrol,” the letter continues. “President Biden’s vaccine mandate, as applied to CBP, risks reducing the already depleted Border Patrol workforce in the middle of the unfolding border crisis. 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 President Biden’s mandate.”
Since February, more than 1.5 million migrants have been apprehended on the border, with none subjected to the vaccine mandate before being released.
Mayorkas acknowledged during a White House press briefing in late September that the majority of the 15,000 Haitians illegally encamped under the Del Rio bridge weren’t being tested for COVID-19 before some were released across the United States.
“Yeah, so, we did not test that population of individuals,” Mayorkas said on Sept. 24 press briefing. “I do not know, I should say, if I may be perfectly accurate — I do not know whether anyone was sick with COVID. We certainly had some individuals get sick, not specifically with COVID, to my knowledge, and we addressed their illnesses. In fact, we set up medical tents that had a certain standard of ability to address medical needs.”
As of September 30, there have been nearly 29,000 COVID-19 cases, and nine deaths among ICE detainees, according to ICE agency data. There are currently more than 500 confirmed cases.