The union that represents Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council, wants its members protected: from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder’s involvement and alleged dishonesty about Operation Fast and Furious — the fatally flawed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-led “gunwalking” scheme that resulted in the death of one of their own, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, in 2010 — has led the union to call for Holder’s resignation.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the National Border Patrol Council made the decision to call for the Attorney General’s resignation after a year of frustration stemming from how the Justice Department chose to handle the operation and neglected to take responsibility for its failures.
Shawn Moran, a vice president of the union who is based in the San Diego area, explained the decision to the newspaper.
“This is something that all of our guys are concerned about, because they know it could be any one of them,” Moran said.
“We take the risks that are out there naturally just being in law enforcement working across from Mexico in the condition it’s in right now,” he said. “But what you can’t accept is when your own government is allowing weapons into the hands of the people you’re confronting.”
The union reportedly represents 3,700 agents in Southern Arizona, where Terry was killed, and 17,000 nationwide.
The union is joined by a number of Republican legislators who have called for Holder to be removed from his position.
The announcement was made two days before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding information related to the operation.
Holder was scheduled to meet with Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Tuesday evening in a bid to stave off the contempt vote. Issa said that Holder’s best-case scenario during the meeting would be for Congress to postpone the vote pending further disclosure of information regarding Fast and Furious.