The Federal Air Marshal Service put out a call for volunteers in the middle of 2021 to go to the southern border for 30 days and assist in processing the rising number of detained illegal immigrants. The administration stated earlier this month that the deployments would no longer be optional but rather mandatory.
The air marshals resisted the order, but they only succeeded in getting the deployment’s duration reduced from 30 to 21 days. On December 7, DHS sent at least 150 extra air marshals to the border. Numerous employees are currently planning to reject and to be fired as a result of taking the stand.
“Air marshals are deployed two to three nights a week. Now they’re taking them away, and their marriages are already on the rocks,” said David Londo, president of the Air Marshal National Council.
Londo, whose group functions as an association rather than a union, declared that “morale is so destroyed from this. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
At the border, the marshals have been given menial tasks to complete. Just this week, Londo claimed, air marshals were being plucked from planes and dispatched to the border where they were “heating up sandwiches,” transporting detained immigrants to hospitals where they waited for hours on hospital watch, and essentially babysitting adults who are already in cramped quarters.
Londo stated in the letter, which the Washington Examiner first received, “These highly skilled [air marshals] are being made to perform mainly non-law enforcement civilian humanitarian duties.”
The Miami Field Office of the Federal Air Marshal Service said on Monday that the deployments will now last forever.
In a letter to DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari that the Examiner was able to receive, Hondo reportedly accused TSA Administrator David Pekoske and Federal Air Marshal Service Director Tirrell Stevenson of “fraud, waste, and abuse of authority and violations of federal law.”
Hondo requested that the inspector general look into the validity of the air marshal deployments in a letter dated November 18. He claimed that the only circumstance in which firing air marshals would be permitted would be in the event of a national emergency, which has not yet been declared. Air marshals would only be allowed to help other agencies with transportation-related issues even if an emergency was proclaimed.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, the TSA, and the Federal Air Marshal Service all received the letter on Monday.
Numerous federal air marshals have now decided to defy the Biden administration’s directive to quit their jobs and report to the southern border. people take to the skies during the busiest time of the year for air travel in an open revolt against the Biden administration over a plan that would strip 99% of commercial flights from federal protection.
In a phone interview with the Washington Examiner on Tuesday, Londo stated that “The rank and file air marshals are going to refuse to deploy and risk termination. You’re almost going to have a mutiny of a federal agency, which is unheard of.”
Claims that air marshals conduct trivial jobs are “entirely inaccurate” and “does not reflect the critical and professional law enforcement role these officers perform,” according to the supervising agency, the Transportation Security Administration, in a statement released after the deadline.
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The administration’s order would leave just 1-in-100 U.S. flights with federal agents on board, one-eighth of its normal coverage.
It is the first time amid the 20-month-long unresolved border crisis that federal employees have formally turned against President Joe Biden and his Senate-confirmed officials at the Department of Homeland Security. The air marshals are willing to risk everything for how the government is risking national security, Londo explained.
“According to the Federal Aviation Administration year to date there have been 2,178 reports of unruly passengers, 767 investigations initiated, and 517 enforcement actions taken. Not to mention the fact there has been two attempted attacks on our homeland since 9-11 during the holiday season,” the letter states. “Your policy has resulted in a complete loss of confidence in Secretary Mayorkas, FAM Director Stevenson, and Administrator Pekoske’s ability to lead DHS/TSA/FAMS.” CONTINUE READING..