ICYMI: Higgins, Guest, Bishop, Clyde: Biden’s Vaccination Mandate Threatens Border Security

November 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security (CHS) Michael Guest and other Republican members of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations are raising concerns that the Biden Administration’s vaccination mandate will negatively impact U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and our overall border security.

The members wrote, “If the Biden Administration really wanted to protect frontline Border Patrol Agents, then it would stop allowing unvetted and unvaccinated migrants to illegally cross our borders at their own discretion.”

“Across the nation, essential workers have been forced to leave the workforce because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Due to the trends of workforce attrition when COVID-19 vaccine mandates have gone into effect at workplaces, we are greatly concerned about the effects it will have on the already short-staffed U.S. Border Patrol,” they continued. “While border encounters remain well above 170,000 for the seventh month straight, it is clear that this crisis is not going to abate anytime soon.”

“If the U.S. Border Patrol loses essential personnel due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, we are extremely concerned about their ability to maintain any semblance of operational control of our nation’s borders,” the members concluded.

Read the full letter here.

Congressman Michael Guest represents Mississippi's Third Congressional District. Currently serving his second term, Congressman Guest serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, as a Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and as a Member of the Committee on Ethics.

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