‘There is no morale’: Border Patrol cannot see path forward under Joe Biden

Washington Examiner

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U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed along the southern border have nothing left in the tank.

For months, agents have warned that morale within the ranks of the federal law enforcement organization is sinking, but the last shreds of spirit have since been dashed by outright animosity from the Biden administration, agents tell the Washington Examiner.

“Under Biden, things are the worst they have ever been by far,” said one agent who is based in Arizona. “Agents are calling in all the time. You always hear, ‘It doesn’t matter,’ or, ‘What’s the point?’ in reference to doing our job. Agents are afraid of ending up on the news for doing their job or getting in trouble for doing their job. There is no morale.”

Eight agents and managers assigned to the southern border spoke with the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity about their experiences working during the largest migration event in U.S. history. The physical workload has been brutal, as has the change in policies from President Donald Trump to Joe Biden. But the biggest factor in the demoralization of the Border Patrol has been the feeling that Biden has demonized agents for enforcing immigration laws that lawmakers like him passed in Congress.

Border Patrol agents were deemed the heroes of the Uvalde school massacre in Texas after they ran into the gunfire and fatally shot the Robb Elementary School gunman while local law enforcement refused to act. Despite this, agents said Biden has yet to thank them for stepping in, even though Biden was quick to condemn them last September over reports that a mounted agent allegedly “whipped” a Haitian migrant trying to enter the United States from Mexico.

“Del Rio pissed us all off,” the first agent said. “Uvalde just adds to it. I think at this point, we are beyond pissed. We expect Biden to continue to attack us. Making a concerted effort to ignore what we did is expected.”

A second agent said the administration’s response, as well as the lack of a conclusion in the investigation into the Border Patrol whipping incident, have been a “major morale killer,” more so than their workload.

“All they have done is basically stomped on us from the get-go. And they’ve condemned us on every turn,” the second agent said. “People are pretty much fed up with how this administration is treating Border Patrol agents because all we’ve been doing this whole time is what they’ve told us to do, which is really bad policy.”

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