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FLEOA Letter to President Biden

March 9, 2021

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr.
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Mr. President,

As the nation’s largest non-partisan, professional association representing almost 30,000 federal law enforcement officers from across all 65 federal agencies, including those on the border with Customs and BorderProtection, the Border Patrol and within Health and Human Service, we are writing to you today about the crisis unfolding on the southern border with the drastic rise of illegal apprehensions including unaccompanied minors and individuals of non-Latin or South American nationality. Its been reported that over 5,700 unaccompanied minor aliens were apprehended at the border in January, the highest total for a month in recent years.Additionally, it’s been reported that the failed and dangerous "catch and release” policies of the past are also back in use again along the border. As you know, both of these situations are dangerous not only to the American people but also to those seeking access to America.

Most importantly, this influx of illegal aliens who think they will be released into the United States under "catch and release” protocols also strains the border law enforcement resources and places those law enforcement officers in danger. Not only a physical danger, such as that posed by terrorists and human traffickers but also from the pandemic the world is grappling with, especially since not all DHS personnel have received the COVID vaccine yet.

While we understand that the dynamics at the border and draw to America are persistent, the absence of a clear border policy may be part of the reason for this crisis. It is imperative, for the safety of the law enforcement officers working there, the individuals trying to access America, and American citizens that your Administration issue a clear border policy that reaffirms that securing the border remains a priority and following the rule of law is the only legal path into America.

We are asking for your help and hopeful that you will direct DHS, under the leadership of Secretary Mayorkas, to develop a clear border policy as soon as possible so we can continue to ensure America remains safe.

Sincerely,
Larry Cosme
National President
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

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