An internal document released by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) suggests the agency may lose half of its force due to vaccine mandate non-compliance. Despite the mandate, 48 percent of agents had yet to report vaccine status by the end of October.
Chief operating officer Mark Morgan provided the exclusive report. “You’re going to take an agency that’s already gone through an unbelievable catastrophic crisis on the southwest border and deplete its resources further,” he said. Throughout the past year, private and federal employees have continued to face forced resignation after failing to comply with vaccine mandates.
“Federal agencies, including CBP, are laser-focused on vaccinating their workforce ahead of the November 22nd deadline for Federal employees,” CBP spokesperson Tammy T. Melvin told FOX Business in a statement. “Like other Federal agencies, we are continuing to collect vaccination information from employees as we approach the deadline.”
Regardless of the vaccine mandate impacting the CBP workforce, the agency is facing other debilitating issues. Since the beginning of the Biden administration, the CBP has struggled to operate effectively amid a surge in migrants, primarily on the southern border.
States including Texas and Arizona sought the help of surrounding states due to a lack of concern by the federal government. For instance, Nebraska sent reinforcement and Texas Governor Greg Abbott restarted border wall construction.
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