Thank you to Cowpokes BBQ!

Today, Local 2366 delivered 850 meals donated by Cowpokes BBQ to agents, soldiers, troopers, deputies, and police officers in Del Rio Sector as a token of their appreciation for everything we do.

We genuinely appreciate their efforts, and send a thank you to Stephen, Kristi, Irene, Audrey, Mary Ann, Kent, David, and Johnny with Cowpokes BBQ and Adam with Flowers Baking Company for the thoughtful gesture.

You can check out Cowpokes BBQ at 1854 W. Comal St. in Pearsall, Texas.

Border Care Project supports BP agents and LEOs in Del Rio

On September 22, the Border Care Project delivered a massive amount of supplies for agents, soldiers, troopers, and other first responders working at the Del Rio International Bridge to address the sudden influx of Haitian immigrants under the bridge.

The folks at the Border Care Project have been helping Border Patrol agents throughout Texas for quite some time, and we always appreciate their generosity. They delivered water, snacks, hand sanitizer, bug spray, sunblock, wipes, and much more to help everyone who responded to the bridge this month.

We thank the Border Care Project for everything they do to support law enforcement along the border!

Guidance for vaccine-based disability/religious accommodations

On September 18, 2021, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) released an update regarding its continued search for a legal avenue to fight the executive order mandating federal employees of the federal branch to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

While some other organizations have decided the mandate is legal, our search will continue until we are absolutely convinced that no legal remedy is available. In the meantime, employees who wish to submit a request for a disability or religious accommodation need to start putting together their request so CBP can address it as quickly as possible.

In the instructions at the below two links, there are instructions for where to send your request. When you send the request, make sure you CC your direct supervisor and your own personal email address because CBP’s Reasonable Accommodation mailbox has been filling up and you need documentation showing when you submitted the request.

Click here for guidance on submitting a disability accommodation request.

Click here for guidance on submitting a religious accommodation request.

If you need help with requesting a reasonable accommodation, send your name, station, and the details of the request you intend to make to ra-help@nbpc2366.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible with additional guidance or clarification.

It is unclear what direction CBP intends to take with these requests. They must consider each request on a case-by-case basis, and they will have to consider the factors used to determine if an accommodation poses an undue burden on the agency. To determine if there is an undue burden, the agency has to consider whether the accommodation would infringe on other employees’ rights, compromise workplace safety, or conflict with other laws or regulations.

DHS and CBP have also not indicated what will happen with those employees who are not fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Simply requesting an accommodation does not pause that deadline, but as you will see in the guidance linked above, you will need to be approved for an interim or temporary accommodation while your request is considered.

“Progressive discipline,” including counseling, is expected to take place after November 22, 2021, but, of course, CBP does not yet know what that will entail. However, the White House’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force wrote the following in their frequently asked questions:

If the employee’s request for an accommodation is denied, and the employee does not comply with the vaccination requirement, the agency may pursue disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service.

While our legal team continues to search for a legitimate legal path forward, our union reps and attorneys will assist members with the process.

NBPC statement on President Biden’s Del Rio disaster

Del Rio International Bridge, September 2021

As Border Patrol agents, we place ourselves in dangerous situations every day because we took an oath to uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of this nation. President Biden took that same oath. Unlike President Biden, we take our oath seriously.

President Biden reappeared today, after the chaos that he and his administration created and that had been taking place for more than a week, and what does he do? He miraculously takes a question from the press and proceeds to take “responsibility” for the chaos he caused by blaming the Border Patrol agents who were left to clean up the mess his administration created. Not only that, but he lied about it.

Biden had no qualms about further inflaming dangerous racial tensions by repeating the drumbeat of propaganda that he must know is all based on lies, deception, and the usual hysteria dialed up by radical activists and far left politicians. Even the photographer who took the photos in question, Paul Ratje, has come to the defense of our agents, stating publicly that he and his colleagues never saw the agents whip anyone.

Regardless, Biden said, “It was horrible to see, what you saw. To see people treated like they did. Horses barely running them over. People being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. There will be an investigation under way now. There will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. It’s beyond an embarrassment. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong. It sends the wrong message around the world. It sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

The Border Patrol agents on the Horse Patrol did their jobs, followed their training, and will be exonerated by a fair and impartial investigation. But why even have an investigation? President Biden, Vice President Harris, and DHS Secretary Mayorkas have already passed judgment on the agents, their families who depend on them, their livelihood, and their careers by stating, “I promise you those people will pay.” In other words, no investigation is necessary.

It is apparent that President Biden is oblivious to the concept of due process. It is an American institution that holds that people are entitled to a fair and impartial investigation and that they are judged after they had a chance to defend themselves. Border Patrol agents cannot be judged by anyone sitting in the White House and passing along decrees based on a few seconds of misleading video and carefully edited photographs. As President Biden said, “It’s simply not who we are.”

We are disgusted by President Biden’s words today. This is not leadership, but pure intimidation.

Our agents deserve better. They deserve an apology and true leadership.