GOP FRONTRUNNER: GROUP’S BACKING REPRESENTS A “TOTAL REJECTION OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS”
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) – the official union representing America’s border patrol agents – has broken with is “longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries.”
Who is the group supporting? Donald Trump.
“We are breaking with our past practice and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary,” the organization wrote. “We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent. The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.”
According to the organization, Trump is “as bold and outspoken as other world leaders who put their country’s interests ahead of all else.” The group added that Trump would “take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say.”
Not surprisingly, “The Donald” – whose aggressive immigration reforms have dominated discussion during the 2016 election cycle – was thrilled to receive the group’s support.
“This endorsement represents a total rejection of the corrupt politicians who have allowed transnational gangs and cartels to terrorize American communities,” Trump said in accepting the endorsement. “America’s 16,500 border patrol agents represented by the NBPC are the first line of defense for our nation. The NBPC provides the vital outlet to learn the truth – not the political spin from bureaucrats – about what is really happening on our border. And the NBPC has been the one outlet these agents have to prevent their voice from being drowned out by big money special interests.”
This isn’t the first time a group on the front lines of the illegal immigration issue has waded into presidential politics.
Earlier this year, the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council – the union that represents federal immigration and customs employees – ripped U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida for betraying the group.
“He surrounded himself with big business and amnesty groups, most of which were more interested in cheap labor and their own political agendas, and had no real concern for the welfare of immigrants, public safety, or the security of our nation,” the leader of the group wrote.