Video: US Border Agent Grills Biden's Vaccine Mandate, Points at Possible Impact on Border Crisis

© AP Photo / Julio CortezIn this March 21, 2021 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks on near a gate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall as agents take migrants into custody, in Abram-Perezville, Texas.
In this March 21, 2021 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks on near a gate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall as agents take migrants into custody, in Abram-Perezville, Texas. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.12.2021
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The Biden administration announced in September that all federal workers in the US will have to get vaccinated or risk termination, immediately prompting a wave of criticism and even legal challenges.
A US border agent has slammed Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for federal workers, saying that it will only worsen the border crisis if "hundreds" of border agents who do not wish to comply face termination.
In a video posted by the National Rifle Association, Roy Cantu, who has been a border agent for 13 years and is an NRA life member, asserts that the vaccine mandate is an issue of national security.

"The federal government is demanding that I either undergo a forced vaccination or lose the livelihood that puts food on my family's table. That's my so-called 'choice'. But this isn't just about me. The border crisis is worse than you can imagine. And if hundreds, even thousands of Border Patrol agents are terminated, it will impact every single American, including my own family here in the Rio Grande Valley", Cantu says in the video.

He labelled the mandate a "political stunt", and suggested that the President meet him so that Cantu can "show [him] just how bad the situation is, and explain why terminating agents will be a disaster for national security".
The border agent claimed that his entire family has had to arm themselves due to "illegal immigrants committing violent crimes". In a personal incident that his wife described in the video, several migrants broke into their house at night.

"The only thing I had to defend myself with was a samurai sword and my Chihuahua in my other hand", Cantu's wife said, adding that the migrants "luckily" saw her and fled.

The NRA video comes as the Biden administration faces harsh criticism over its vaccination mandate that was announced in September, obliging federal workers to either receive two jabs or face termination. The mandate, which only has limited exceptions for religious or medical reasons, has also been legally challenged in several states.
Last month, according to Fox News, over 60 Republicans penned a letter to Biden, demanding that the president halt the requirement, particularly focusing on Border Patrol workers.

"We have serious concerns about your vaccine mandate for Federal employees and how it will impact the already understaffed and overworked United States Border Patrol and our overall national security", GOP lawmakers led by Elise Stefanik told Biden in their letter, according to the network.

US border agents have already faced a lack of staffers and tense working conditions due to the migrant crisis on the southern border, with the numbers of migrants seeking to enter the US soaring dramatically since Biden took office in January.
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