About NBPC

The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) is the exclusive representative of approximately 18,000 Border Patrol agents and support personnel assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol. The U.S. Border Patrol falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Under DHS, the Border Patrol is under the direction of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The NBPC executive committee is comprised of eleven committee members, all current or retired employees of the U.S. Border Patrol. All committee members are elected to positions by delegates at a NBPC national convention. Executive committee members spend a majority of their personal time representing and assisting members, and taking care of the administrative matters for the NBPC.

The NBPC also employees a full staff of attorneys and national representatives who have extensive experience due to prior time serving on the NBPC executive committee and representing NBPC members throughout the country prior to retiring from the Border Patrol. 

Although union membership is not mandatory, the NBPC maintains a 90% membership rate among eligible Border Patrol agents, offering a testament to the level of service provided to members. Some of the services we provide are as follows:

  • Access to Plan II of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) Legal Defense Fund (poracldf.org);
  • Legal Service Plan, separate from PORAC LDF, to cover major “within course and scope of employment” administrative actions;
  • Representation for workplace issues;
  • An extensive health and safety program;
  • Assistance with OWCP claims;
  • Expert advice and representation for EEO;
  • National lobbying efforts; and
  • Access to defined group benefits at significant discounts.
The National Border Patrol Council was originally known as the Council of Border Patrol Lodges after employees formed Lodges in their respective sectors.  On November 1, 1965, the American Federation of Government Employees signed a Certificate of Affiliation with the Council and the six Lodges. The most important event came on June 21, 1967, when the Department of Justice recognized the Council as the exclusive representative for all employees. The recognition as the exclusive representative provided the necessary rights under federal labor laws to collectively bargain on behalf of all Border Patrol agents and support personnel assigned to Border Patrol sectors around the country.