One of my favorite groups is LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization made up of former police officers, prosecutors and judges who understand the damage done by the war on drugs on people and on the entire nation. Needless to say, the government doesn’t like them very much. In fact, they fire people just for mentioning that they think the group has a point.
Border Patrol agents pursue smugglers one moment and sit around in boredom the next. It was during one of the lulls that Bryan Gonzalez, a young agent, made some comments to a colleague that cost him his career.
Stationed in Deming, N.M., Mr. Gonzalez was in his green-and-white Border Patrol vehicle just a few feet from the international boundary when he pulled up next to a fellow agent to chat about the frustrations of the job. If marijuana were legalized, Mr. Gonzalez acknowledges saying, the drug-related violence across the border in Mexico would cease. He then brought up an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition that favors ending the war on drugs.
Those remarks, along with others expressing sympathy for illegal immigrants from Mexico, were passed along to the Border Patrol headquarters in Washington. After an investigation, a termination letter arrived that said Mr. Gonzalez held “personal views that were contrary to core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication and esprit de corps.”
He’s not alone, many others have had the same thing happen to them — not because there is anything to indicate that they haven’t done their job well but because they think the laws should be changed to make their jobs much easier and to make the country better.