To whom it may concern,
National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 2554 represents approximately 600 Border Patrol agents that work in Calexico, El Centro, and Indio, California. Local 2554 cares about our members, our members’ families, and the communities they live in.
We are members of the American Federation of Government Employees affiliated with AFLCIO. As such, we are members of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. But the San Diego dominated Labor Council does not represent us or the interests of workers and their families who live in Imperial County.
The Labor Council offered its endorsement to a distant second place IID candidate Ryan Childers, despite the letters of support that our union wrote in support of JB Hamby, the first place winner of the March primary election who defeated both Childers and incumbent Bruce Kuhn by 16 points each.
Bruce Kuhn, who voted to sell our Valley’s water to San Diego damaging the Salton Sea and hurting the health of our agents and their families, endorsed Ryan Childers. Childers has on multiple occasions publicly refused to oppose the San Diego Pipeline, which if constructed, will permanently transfer water away from Imperial County hurting your health and quality of life.
USBP Local 2554 believes that the Labor Council, which includes no working residents of Imperial County whatsoever, has a vested interest in receiving more water from Imperial County at the expense of our communities and the Salton Sea. This is shameful and dishonest.
It is our belief that in the unlikely event that Mr. Childers is elected he will be beholden to San Diego interests and political aid over the health, quality of life, and future for Imperial County workers and families.
To us, this endorsement shows that the San Diego controlled Labor Council believes that Childers is the candidate most likely to make deals with the San Diego County Water Authority for more of your water, and they are right.
Childers is the handpicked San Diego candidate. However, what we need in Imperial County is someone who will be unwavering in the protection of your water and your children’s health. NBPC Local 2554 believes that this candidate is JB Hamby.
Imperial County can no longer afford to sell our most precious resource to San Diego. The children around the Salton Sea are suffering from the effects of IID’s last decision to sell water to San Diego. These health effects will continue to get worse as the Salton Sea shrinks affecting all of our families that actually live here in Imperial County.
NBPC Local 2554 is a union that is not beholden to San Diego. We care about the children and families of Imperial County because we live in Imperial County and breathe the air here.
On November 3, join us in defending your water rights and your children’s health by voting for JB Hamby for IID Director Division 2 for El Centro, Heber, and Seeley.
Michael R. Matzke
President NBPC Local 2554
El Centro Sector