February 3, 2012 – On February 2, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared and gave testimony before the House Oversight Committee regarding the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the ill conceived Operation Fast and Furious. Several times during his testimony he was asked questions to which he would give dismissive answers or attribute the questions to political pandering or election year charades. This was nothing new for a man who has refused to accept responsibility for this fiasco and has not disciplined any of the high-ranking officials who were involved with the approval of this operation. Instead, the ATF retaliated against whistleblowers that helped expose the dangerous operation.
Finally, when Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) began her questioning of Holder, she asked the question that this organization has been asking for over a year. Buerkle asked, "How many more Border Patrol agents would have had to die for you to take responsibility?" Holder could only respond by attempting to paint the question as one that shouldn't be asked stating, "I mean, really, as a member of Congress, is that the way you want to be seen, or the way you want to be known?"
March 8, 2011 – The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) is pleased to announce the election of George E. McCubbin III as its President. During its biennial convention, over 120 delegates voted unanimously to install McCubbin into its top leadership position. McCubbin brings over 25 years of Border Patrol experience to the position, along with the respect of frontline Border Patrol agents.
The newly elected NBPC Executive Committee is:
President - George E. McCubbin III
Executive Vice President - Chris Bauder
Vice President West - Shawn Moran
Vice President South - Paul Perez
Vice President East - Eric Sparkman
Vice President North - Steve Malpezzi
Vice President At Large - Brandon Judd
Vice President At Large - James Stack
Secretary/Treasurer - Joseph Bradley
Effective immediately all media inquiries should be directed to Vice President Shawn Moran.
On April 11, 2011, an article appeared in the Yuma Sun about Michael Atondo, who was recently arrested in Yuma, Arizona. In the article, the reporter said Atondo "is also being represented by an attorney from the Border Patrol Union." As a result, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the union for all non-supervisory Border Patrol agents and support personnel assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol, issues the following statement.
One of the many benefits provided by the NBPC is coverage under the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) Legal Defense Fund (LDF) . Determination for coverage under the LDF is made by the Plan Administrator, not the NBPC. In the instant matter against Atondo, LDF determined additional information was needed to make a determination on coverage. This step is to ensure that our members receive a fair and unbiased determination of their case. Nevertheless, upon obtaining and reviewing all of the necessary information, LDF terminated representation. As a result, Atondo will not be represented by an attorney from the NBPC or PORAC LDF in future proceedings.
The NBPC is proud of the two agents who arrived on scene and whose quick thinking and actions led to the arrest of Atondo. Unfortunately, those two agents had to face the unthinkable that day and deal with the fallout from directives that occurred under the former Border Patrol chief and current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar.
As was reported by the NBPC in the past, Aguilar placed a priority on quantity instead of quality with respect to new hires. While some in Congress believe polygraph exams are the solution, the NBPC believes the focus should not be entirely on new hires. Instead, Congress should focus on the illogical and immoderate changes the Border Patrol made to recruiting, hiring, and training of new hires under the direction of Aguilar.
Rather than waste millions of dollars on polygraphs, Congress should require the Border Patrol to conduct extensive background checks on anyone hired while Aguilar was the chief. Congress should order a review of the recruiting practices of the Border Patrol during the same time. Finally, Congress should demand the Border Patrol lengthen the academy and provide better training over a longer period of time to provide ample opportunity for: trainees to retain core components of the job, and academy instructors to prepare trainees for the field and identify trainees who are not suitable for law enforcement.
|Border Patrol Agent Clark
End of Watch: May 12, 2011
|Lead Border Patrol Agent Rojas
End of Watch: May 12, 2011
Yuma, Arizona - May 12, 2011 - The National Border Patrol Council is deeply saddened to report the death of Border Patrol Agent Hector R. Clark and Lead Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Rojas Jr.
Agents Rojas and Clark died in the line of duty while on patrol near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Palomas Road, about nine miles west of Gila Bend, Arizona. The agents were in an unmarked U.S. Border Patrol vehicle when it was involved in a collision with a freight train at a railroad crossing. Both agents died of injuries sustained in the accident.
Lead Border Patrol Agent Rojas began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on April 9, 2000 as a member of the 432nd Session. He was assigned to the Yuma Sector since his entry on duty and graduation from the Academy. Agent Rojas is survived by his wife, Sayde and two children, Hayle and Dante. He was 34 years of age at the time of his death.
Border Patrol Agent Clark began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on August 20, 2001 as a member of the 481st Session. He transferred to the Yuma Sector after he spent eight years in the El Centro Sector. Agent Clark is survived by his wife, Neddy and two children, Cody and Katy. He was 39 years of age at the time of his death.
This tragic accident further serves to remind us of the risks associated with the work Border Patrol agents perform daily in an effort to secure the Nation’s borders and protect its citizens.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark and Rojas families, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time.