EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Congresswoman Veronica Escobar talked to KTSM 9 about two of issues garnering a large amount of attention over the last week: the Federal mandated vaccines for employees and the potential for payments to those migrants separated at the border.
First, Rep. Escobar commented on November 22 deadline for Federal workers to get vaccinated.
“We are probably bound to lose some folks who have chosen not to fulfill the requirement and that is their choice, if they don’t want to meet the requirements in the workplace, then their choice is to leave,” said Escobar.
As for federal workers in El Paso, specifically U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Escobar says she has confidence that the majority of federal personal will get vaccinated.
“My hope is that our law enforcement agents see this requiremnt in the same light that they see all the other innumerable requirements that they have to fulfill for their duty’s especially as essential workers, as frontline workers, as leaders who in the community who interact with a lot of people and a lot of vulnerable populations, we want to make sure that we have a safe workplace and a safe community,” Escobar.
Escobar also commented on the payments from the federal government to the migrant families who were separated at the border. Saying no one should be surprised.
Escobar added that the federal government is negotiating with the organizations that brought the lawsuits forward, but said she doesn’t know how many families will qualify and what the final payment will be.