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“U.S. Welcome Patrol.”
That’s the new name some Border Patrol agents have given themselves as frustration grows over Joe Biden’s liberal border policies.
“We have so many people coming across, and then we’re out there killing ourselves to catch them, rescue them or whatever it is, and then they’re being released,” Rosemarie Pepperdine told Reuters. “Why even bother?”
Reuters conducted a series of interviews with border patrol agents. Pepperdine is one of many border patrol agents considering early retirement because of the dramatic shift in border policy during the Biden administration.
Border Patrol Chief Rodney S. Scott is resisting Joe Biden’s new order to use “non-legal immigration terms.”
Scott sent a memo to Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller to inform him that he can’t comply with the Biden administration’s softening of legal terms to refer to illegal aliens.
The Biden administration sent memos to immigration officials last week regarding their new far-left immigration policies, which included telling officials to no longer use terms like “illegal alien.”
The memo orders immigration officials to make changes in rhetoric such as substituting “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.”
Scott sent a memo to Miller on April 16 titled, “Updated Terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection April 16,” and explained that he cannot comply with the proposed changes and that if Biden wants to alter what illegal aliens are called then the administration needs to pass its proposed “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.”
The memo states:
This memorandum serves as my official nonconcurrence to the proposed updated terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection communications and materials. I will not undermine this effort; however, I cannot endorse it.
Rationale: The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is and must remain an apolitical federal law enforcement agency. Over the years, many outside forces on both extremes of the political spectrum have intentionally, or unintentionally politicized our agency and our mission. Despite every attempt by USBP leadership to ensure that all official messaging remained consistent with law, facts, and evidence, there is no doubt that the reputation of the USBP has suffered because of the many outside voices. Mandating the use of terms that are inconsistent with the law has the potential to further erode public trust in our government institutions.
I am also concerned about the morale of our workforce. To be clear, when I reference morale, I am not referring to an employee’s happiness. I am referring to an individual’s willingness to take a personal risk each day to keep others safe. There are countless human capital studies that indicate that mission criticality and support from leadership affect the willingness of personnel to comply with policy and professional standards.
I respectfully recommend that we delay these changes until the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is enacted and then adjust appropriately.
Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Joe Biden’s administration for allegedly releasing Covid-infected illegal aliens into the United States.
“President Biden’s outright disregard of the public health crisis in Texas by welcoming and encouraging mass gatherings of illegal aliens is hypocritical and dangerous. This reckless policy change stifles the reopening of the Texas economy at a time when businesses need it the most and when our children need to get back to in-person learning as soon as possible,” Paxton said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“Instead of using the CDC’s authority to prevent the introduction of covered aliens into the United States during a pandemic, Defendants have chosen to take courses of action that have resulted in the release of tens of thousands of aliens into Texas and the United States,” the lawsuit says.
“Absent this Court’s intervention, such releases will continue for the foreseeable future,” the statement adds.
Paxton accused Biden of putting Texans “at-risk” with an influx of migrants who have coronavirus.
During an interview on Fox News, Paxton said the Biden Administration “adopted this policy of open borders and they’re sticking with it despite the consequences of the spread of COVID, human trafficking, increase in drug trafficking, and an increase of crime and just general chaos.”
Paxton said Texas will take legal action against the Biden administration.