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Border Patrol Morale Plummets as Migrants Surge and Democrats Demonize: ‘Perfect Storm’

A U.S. Border Patrol officer cuts off the way of a migrant asylum seeker as he is trying to return to the United States along the Rio Grande River after having crossed from the United States into Mexico to buy food, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico September 19, 2021. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)

An unprecedented flood of migrants at the southern border combined with a new COVID-19 vaccination mandate and false accusations by the president that agents were running over Haitian immigrants with horses and strapping them with whips has led to a “perfect storm” within the U.S. Border Patrol, current and former agents told National Review.

The Border Patrol, part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has had longstanding struggles with morale. But morale among the patrol’s roughly 20,000 agents has taken an even bigger hit than usual this year due to the combination of pressures, capped off with the threat that agents

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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