When the nation’s largest government union — the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) — representing more than 670,000 federal and District of Columbia government employees announced its endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton as President of the United States in 2016, the Democrats celebrated a major victory. However, not all government workers are enthralled with Clinton such as the Border Patrol agents and their own AFGE subsidiary the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).
“We have our own attorneys, we do our own rep work, we finance our own operations and we are very well run and independent. We have largely just tolerated AFGE and their shenanigans because we have to and we have always realized that they are out of touch with most Border Patrol agents,” according to NBPC Local 2544 officials.
AFGE’s National Executive Council had voted to endorse the former Secretary of State after meeting personally with both her and Democrat-rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, The AFGE claims the Republican candidates didn’t respond to information requests so the group did not meet with any of the GOP candidates.
“Secretary Clinton shares AFGE’s vision for a strong and vibrant government workforce that has the necessary tools and support needed to deliver vital programs and services to the American public,” AFGE’s president, J. David Cox Sr., said in a statement. “The American people count on government employees to keep their streets safe, deliver their Social Security checks on time, and care for our nation’s heroes at veterans’ hospitals, and AFGE can count on Hillary Clinton to help us get it done,” he noted.
“In a Clinton White House, working families will have a powerful ally in the ongoing fight to raise wages, create good jobs, expand benefits, and preserve workplace rights and protections,” Cox said.
AFGE claimed it represents government workers in just about all federal and D.C. departments and agencies, including border patrol agents fighting drug and human trafficking on the borders.
However, according to the NBPC Local 2544, they had “no input and no notification” that AFGE was going to endorse Hillary Clinton. “We have long disagreed with many things that AFGE does. However, even though we are the largest local in District 12 we hold very little sway with AFGE at a national level because our numbers aren’t big enough,” the group said.
“We are fully aware that very few Border Patrol agents would vote for Hillary Clinton and we do not support this endorsement. AFGE didn’t ask us. They do what they want,” said Border Patrol union officials.
Law enforcement officials throughout the nation have been opposed to the “Hillary for President” campaign especially in light of public statements she has made during presidential debates and public appearances.
“Well, sadly it’s reality, and it has been heartbreaking and incredibly outraging to see the constant stories of young men like Walter Scott, as you said, who have been killed by police officers,” said Hillary Clinton on one occasion. “There needs to be a concerted effort to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. And that requires a very clear agenda for retraining police officers, looking at ways to end racial profiling, finding more ways to really bring the disparities that stalk our country into high relief.”
Clinton also suggested that America’s racial bias is the only reason we’re not adequately addressing the racism of law enforcement. “One out of three African American men may well end up going to prison,” she continued. “That’s the statistic. I want people here to think what we would be doing if it was one out of three white men, and very often, the black men are arrested, convicted and incarcerated for offenses that do not lead to the same results for white men.”
“Hillary, along with her husband appear to be obsessed with race and maintaining racial disharmony to gain political advantage. Yet, I can think of nothing either one of Clinton Family has done to better the lives of African Americans,” said former New York police detective Sid Franes, an African American born in the city’s Queens County. “It’s about votes. That’s all. Just black votes,” he added.