Recently, the National Border Patrol Council was notified of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s intent to implement a recognition program amongst employees.
It is called the “High-Five” program, which is ironic since that is what they wanted to call a watered down retirement program for employees and “is expected to foster a sense of teamwork, help build good morale, and promote employee engagement, and will be made available to all CBP employees. To recognize a colleague’s exemplary efforts, employees can access the “High Five” webpage to select a recognition category, and include a personalized message that will be delivered to the recognized employee by e-mail.”
At this moment of all-time low morale due to pay cuts, curtailment of enforcement operations, and a blatant disregard for the rule of law by the Obama administration, it is shameful how CBP will attempt to pacify its employees, who know the failings of this agency the best, with a meaningless and hollow rewards program. The gold stars handed out in elementary schools have more meaning and value than any kudos brought forth by CBP.
In the spirit of the program, we thought we’d hand out our own “High-Fives.”
President Obama: Thanks to your non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration laws, especially in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, resulting in thousands of families and children over-running the border…with nearly all of them still here.
Secretary Johnson: High-five for successfully destroying what little morale remained within DHS. You’ve managed to keep us at the bottom of the barrel of job satisfaction amongst all federal agencies.
Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske: Here’s an award for telling us how you really feel about employees when you said, “If some of these folks are so unhappy, they really need to reassess what they do and where they are.” Your 30+ years of law enforcement experience have really taught you how to inspire your subordinates!
Chief Michael Fisher: You get a “High-Five” for your math skills. Even when objective measurements show us to be less than 50% effective, your calculations state they we are 78-79% effective with 95% accuracy! In some worlds 1+1 really does equal 4.
Since Secretary Johnson is busy creating programs like “High-Five” and ignoring the real issues, we offer these solutions to strengthening border security and improving employee morale.
Take the leash off of the Border Patrol. Let Border Patrol agents do their jobs and enforce the laws on the books.
Protect those who protect this nation. Implement a zero-tolerance policy for those who assault Border Patrol agents.
Stop sacrificing Americans upon the altar of political correctness. American demand secure borders and the removal of those who break our immigration laws. End the Priority Enforcement Program and sanctuary city policies.
Stop scape-goating Border Patrol agents to appease special interest groups. The U.S. Border Patrol is a model law enforcement agency that uses force only when needed and that serves both this nation and the communities in which our agents work. Supporting the narrative espoused by pro-illegal immigration groups negates the good work done by agents.
We look forward to a time when DHS and CBP will take border security seriously and work with the agents standing watch on the front lines. Our agents don’t need an e-mail from a manufactured program to reinforce their worth, the thanks of a grateful nation and support of fellow agents on the border will suffice. Let us know when you’re ready to talk about real issues and problems, until then you can keep your trinkets and gold-stars.
As a presidents of NBPC affiliated local unions, we have a duty to support and protect the men and women who protect our borders. Make no mistake, our border with Mexico is not secure and there’s no doubt that we need to have an honest discussion about that with the American people. Unfortunately, Trump’s comments have created an environment hostile to that conversation.
If the president of Local 2455 had consulted with NBPC leadership or any of the other 15 local union presidents, he would have realized that appearing with Trump might imply that the NBPC was endorsing his presidential candidacy. Just to be clear, an endorsement was never discussed, much less offered.
A campaign-style visit by Trump to Laredo at this time would only serve as a distraction from the important work our agents do daily to secure the border. For these reasons, we are pleased that Local 2455 will not participate in any events with Trump.
Brandon Judd, President NBPC Anthony Fiorita, President Miami Local 3725 Art Del Cueto, President Tucson Local 2544 Brett Worsencroft, President Yuma Local 2595 Christian Porras, President, Swanton Local 2266 Jon Anfinsen, President, Del Rio Local 2366 Lee Smith, President, Big Bend Local 2509 Kylie Johnson, President Grand Forks Local 2789 Lombardo Amaya, President, El Centro Local 2554 Michael O’Connor, President, Buffalo Local 2724 Mike Cox , President Blaine, Spokane and Havre Local 2913 Paul Perez, President, Rio Grande Valley Local 3307 Rob Mcardle, President Houlton Local 2349 Rob Russell, President, El Paso Local 1929 Terence L. Shigg, President, San Diego Local 1613
I would like to invite you to our monthly meeting on
Tuesday July 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA
Here are a few topics of discussion for this meeting:
OPM's guidance on the BPAPRA
OPM data breach and possible lawsuits
Physical Fitness Program
At this meeting there will be:
-No union bar tab
-No alcohol in the meeting room
No Vouchers handed out
-Treasurer will be absent and I will collect all vouchers.
-Be advised we will be instituting new voucher procedures soon.
Disruptive members will be removed.
-This will be done in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.
The meeting will be audio taped.
It is unfortunate, but we will have to take stronger measures to
minimize the possibility of events that reflect negatively on the
membership as well as possible civil litigation.
I personally apologize for anything that has occurred that has
done this in the past and I will take all necessary steps to ensure it does not
Terence L. Shigg
National Border Patrol Council, Local 1613
National Border Patrol Council Vice President, West