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Sometimes being honest on the job can get you fired.
During a lull in his duties manning the turbulent New Mexico border, Bryan Gonzalez stopped to chat with another officer about the intricacies of the job (i.e. complain about things he didn’t agree with).
Frustrated with the volume of drug arrests that Border Patrol has to process, and sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants, Gonzalez made a statement that cost him his job. “If marijuana were legalized,” Gonzalez recalls saying, “the drug-related violence across the border in Mexico would cease.” He then began to ask around about an organization he’d heard of, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
His colleague reported his comments, and those of officers in agreement with him, to the Border Patrol headquarters in Washington D.C. After a brief investigation, a letter terminating his employment arrived in the mail, stating that he held “personal views that were contrary to core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication and esprit de corps.”