A Hint of Difficulty in Replacing Troops with Border Patrol

“Rounding up the requested number of agents in such a short period of time will be a challenge, officials say. They’ve started the push with job fairs and TV ads, especially in Northern and Midwest markets.”

The quote is from Claire Cummings’ report in the Dallas Morning News. She visited the border patrol training campus at Artesia, NM where they are building a 400-student dorm.

“We have no doubt that we can train all of the trainees that will be sent our way,” said acting Chief Patrol Agent Charles Whitmire.

Several hundred more instructors will be needed to serve the influx, he said, adding that he hopes an increase in permanent staff and rehires will keep more people in the field.

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