The National Border Patrol Council and its locals want to thank members of Congress, our union representatives, our members, and concerned citizens for voicing their displeasure with Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) intent to slash staffing levels at the border. While the fight is by no means over and CBP has not issued definitive plans for its employees, they have signaled a willingness to reduce the impact both financially and operationally on Border Patrol agents.
The (Acting) Deputy Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski will be issuing a memorandum later today that details CBP’s plans to postpone both furloughs and the de-authorization of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO). The memorandum will be posted on all NBPC sites once it is publicly released.
The National Border Patrol Council sees this as a result of the public outcry to secure this nation's borders and to fairly compensate Border Patrol agents. While the situation appears better for Border Patrol agents, we have seen CBP subvert the intent of Congress before. There can be no let-up in the pressure on CBP. Please continue to contact your elected officials and let them know that you want the border fully staffed.
Our nation and our Border Patrol agents deserve nothing less than our total support.