Stefanik, Babin Take a Stand for Border Patrol Agents

Authoritarian Vaccine Mandates Threaten Already Declining Morale

November 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Brian Babin (R-Texas) today led their colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden expressing concern over the impact of authoritarian vaccine mandates on Border Patrol agents already suffering from declining morale due to record high levels of illegal immigration.

In the letter, the lawmakers note that a record number of illegal border crossings at the Southern Border have forced Border Patrol agents into no-notice deployments, disrupting agents’ families and burdening agents with a crisis created by this Administration’s failed policies. 

This is also leaving several portions of the border – including the Northern Border – understaffed and inadequately protected. Now, many Border Patrol agents face losing their jobs due to authoritarian vaccine mandates.

“Joe Biden’s Border Crisis is impacting all states, including the North Country,” Stefanik said. “I have heard from several of my constituents who work to protect our Northern Border, but who have been displaced from their homes to work long hours to fight Joe Biden’s crisis on the Southern Border. Instead of rewarding them for their service, this Administration is threatening to terminate our Border Patrol agents who wish to make their own medical decisions. I am proud to stand with our Border Patrol agents, who work to secure our borders and keep our nation safe.”

“Thanks to the Biden administration, our southern border is on a path to extinction,” Babin said. “Biden’s top priority should be ending the border crisis, but instead, he’s threatening to terminate our already overwhelmed Border Patrol agents for their personal medical choices. This president would rather exacerbate the crisis, putting Americans and our national security at greater risk, than secure the border.”

"After months of crisis and utter chaos at our Southern border, Agents across the country are at a breaking point," Brandon Judd, President, National Border Patrol Council, said. "The Biden Administration's self-inflicted crisis has destroyed standard border security operations nationwide and has led to the forced deployment of Agents from all over the country, leaving an already understaff agency unable to appropriately secure our Southern and Northern borders. Add to this the demonization of Agents by the far left, just for doing their jobs, and now a vaccine mandate that undermines our personal freedoms and it should be no surprise that morale among rank-and-file Agents is at its lowest point ever. President Biden's vaccine mandate could not come at a worse time. After years of attrition and critically low staffing levels, and in the midst of a historic crisis at our Southern border, the potential for mass resignations and terminations directly caused by the vaccine mandate will mean an open border and a less secure homeland. Border Patrol Agents are entrusted to protect our homeland from ever growing threats such as deadly narcotics, dangerous criminals and potential terrorists, yet these same Agents are not trusted by President Biden to make decisions about what goes into their bodies. Sadly, this irony comes in addition to the utter hypocrisy in President Biden’s mandate for Border Patrol Agents when the illegal border crossers we apprehend everyday are then released into communities across the country without a similar mandate. To Congresswoman Stefanik, Congressman Babin, and all the House Republicans who continue to fight against this mandate, thank you for your tireless efforts and unwavering support for border security."

In the letter, the lawmakers specifically request President Biden provide a suspension of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Border Patrol agents, available data on Border Patrol agents vaccination rates and natural immunity, steps the Biden Administration is taking to protect agents and other Americans from COVID-19 exposure due to infected illegal immigrants, and a determination of the impact of mass-termination of Border Patrol agents on our national security.

Read the full letter here