(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to reports on Friday, the US Border Patrol plans to enforce President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate by the end of November, and any border patrol agents who refuse to get vaccinated and do not qualify for a religious or medical exemption could face termination.
The timing, of course, is utterly insane.
In fiscal year 2021, more than 1.5 million illegal aliens have crossed the US/Mexico border. And according to Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs, this vaccine mandate could result in up to five thousand border patrol agents losing their jobs.
In an effort to block the President’s ridiculous vaccine order, on Tuesday, Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn introduced a measure that would exempt essential workers from being fired due to vaccine status. This legislation would protect workers across different industries both within the Federal government and in the private sector.
The legislation, “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act,” is co-sponsored by Republican Senators Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Bill Haggerty of Tennessee, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
It has been endorsed by a number of workers groups, including the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Border Patrol Council, the president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, as well as others.
Blackburn believes that requiring vaccination mandates in the middle of a supply chain crisis as well as the other economic crises facing the country will only add to the number of Americans out of work. Blackburn told Fox News that vaccinations should be a decision made between a doctor and a patient, and the President should never be allowed to force people to choose between having a job and getting the vaccine.
Blackburn’s bill would exempt all essential workers from vaccine mandates whether they be imposed by the federal government, a public or private federal contractor, a private entity that receives federal funds, or a private entity that has received funding through the COVID relief “CARES Act.”