Support Free Speech for Border Patrol Agents
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

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Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Acting CBP Commissioner
David Aguilar

Support Free Speech for Border Patrol Agents

    1. Terry Nelson
    2. Petition by

      Terry Nelson

      Granbury, TX

In September of 2009, border patrol agent Bryan Gonzalez was fired for expressing his views on drug legalization to a fellow agent. Earlier that year, Gonzalez had told a colleague that "legalization of drugs would end the drug war and related violence in Mexico," adding that "the drug problems in America were due to American demand for drugs supplied by Mexico."

His letter of termination stated his comments were "contrary to the core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication, and esprit de corps." 

At no point did Bryan say that he wouldn't enforce the laws he swore to uphold; he merely discussed the impact that these laws have.

As a former U.S. border patrol agent and a board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, I started this petition to support the free speech rights of border patrol agents like Bryan Gonzalez. Federal law enforcement officials should not lose their jobs for exercising their First Amendment rights. These men and women are on the frontlines and we should respect their insight, not punish them for it. 

Please sign this petition and tell Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Acting CBP Commissioner David Aguilar that a policy needs to be put in place that affirms the First Amendment rights of federal law enforcement officials like Bryan Gonzalez.  

Read more about Bryan's story in this New York Times piece

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    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Police Officers Find That Dissent on Drug Laws May Come With a Price

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      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.

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    • Billy Frady SUMTER, SC
      • 4 months ago

      Where I don't agree with legalization of pot , I do believe in the First amendment freedom of speech . To fire a law enforcement officer for speaking his mind is as bad as it gets for striping citizens of there rights. This is a nation of freedom and a constitution. This man just spoke how he felt and then was punished for this, This rule he was fire under is an assault on the rights of all of us.

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    • crystal achey AVONDALE, AZ
      • 5 months ago

      Freedom of speech? Does it only exist if it matches the status quo?

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    • Cybill Bell BELLINGHAM, WA
      • 5 months ago

      Marijuana legalization is HAPPENING!!

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    • Chuck Correll NEW LONDON, NC
      • 5 months ago

      Too much money is spent on the "war on drugs" and will NEVER be won.

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    • Jon Linder ALVA, OK
      • 5 months ago

      I hate bitches.

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