Texas Border Patrol Agents Vote For Trump Endorsement

In the wake of the national Border Patrol’s endorsement of Donald Trump, the local El Paso union took a vote of its members after some voiced concerns about wanting to stay neutral during the campaign.

By Alain StephensApril 13, 2016 9:17 am, ,

A few weeks ago, we reported that the Union representing Border Patrol officers had decided to endorse the candidate who promises to build a wall along the southern border and make Mexico pay for it. That raised a few eyebrows, but in El Paso, it raised a little sand.

There, the local representing border agents felt cut out of this endorsement deal. They weren’t so sure they wanted to throw their weight behind Trump. Last night, with no small amount of fanfare, they took the matter to the rank and file. The vote is in.

Stu Harris, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929, says despite El Paso being a Democratic stronghold, a lot of local agents were in support of the Trump endorsement.

“The fact of the matter is that the endorsement of Donald Trump for president by the National Border Council was an endorsement for border security,” he says. “That’s what this is really about and our agents understand that. For our agents to have a place at the table for drafting policy and things like that – that’s huge.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the vote went down yesterday

– What the meeting’s tone was and how the floor was open for discussion

– What majority the union would have needed to “step away” from the endorsement of Trump