Border patrol agents visit Memphis on recruiting trip - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Border patrol agents visit Memphis on recruiting trip

Agents from the U.S. Border patrol were in Memphis Friday as part of a recruitment effort.  So many new agents are needed, recruiter Joe Arata said, the agency is visiting non-traditional places like Memphis to look for new people.

"Border Patrol guys and girls are the front line of defense on the borders of our country," Arata said. "They are responsible for the global war on terror, keeping terrorists out of our country, illegal aliens, drug smuggling...they do a lot of on the ground law enforcement activities in the interiors of our borders."

Officials said 6,000 new agents are needed as part of a mandate from the President of the United States. 

Asa Hoke, who currently works at a local restaurant, said the job looked different and exciting to him.

"It sounds like it would be fun to be in the desert," Hoke said. "I've seen the videos. They do a lot tactical training. I think it will be a lot of fun and interesting."

Border patrol agents from around the country visited Memphis to talk with people like Hoke, answer their questions, show them a film about the border patrol, and help them apply for the job.

People who are hired get law enforcement training and learn to speak Spanish.

Agents all start out on the Mexican border.  The border patrol arrests over one million illegal immigrants a year, and intercepts more than a million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and narcotics.  They also prevent terrorists from entering the US..

The U.S. Border Patrol wants people between 18 and 39 years old. The starting salary range for agents is $40,000 to $48,000 per year.


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