A source from within the Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agency says that if the Biden administration's vaccine mandate is implemented, it could cut the agency's roster by as much as half.
The same source mentioned that, at this time, only around 52 percent of CPB border agents have responded to the order to report their vaccination status. Of this 52 percent, 90 percent of them have now gotten at least one dose of one of the approved COVID vaccines.
Of the other 48 percent who have not reported, vast majority of those probably do not intend to get the jab.
"You’re going to take an agency that's already gone through an unbelievable catastrophic crisis on the southwest border and deplete its resources further," said Mark Morgan, who was the CPB's COO up until recently, according to Fox News.
They also reported, in turn, that Morgan, obtained the following screenshot showing the potential decimation of the CPB's forces if a vaccine mandate were to be fully enforced:
The US CPB currently has some 19,533 active agents, and the above screenshot shows tables indicating possible attrition scenarios.
In the worst-case scenario, the CPB would be left with just over 8,000 agents on patrol, according to this document. This would be after hiring new agents to replace ones that leave.
A spokesperson for the CPB commented the following:
"Federal agencies, including CBP, are laser-focused on vaccinating their workforce ahead of the November 22nd deadline for Federal employees. Like other Federal agencies, we are continuing to collect vaccination information from employees as we approach the deadline."
A temporary hold has been placed on a similar vaccine mandate put out by OSHA, but federal employees are still facing a looming Nov. 22 deadline to get vaccinated or not be able to continue working.