U.S. Customs and Border Protection looking to expand its agency

El Paso News

A shortage of agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is pushing the agency to reach out to new talent across the country including people from the borderland.

Recruiters tell KTSM the application process takes anywhere from 8 months to more than a year. If you’re interested in becoming part of the agency attending next week’s seminar can help you get started.

The department is recruiting people for many positions from Border Patrol Agents, who are out on the field, to CBP Officers who work at the ports of entry. It is also looking for Air and Marine Agents, who patrol from the sky and water.

Recruiters tell KTSM, this is a great opportunity for recent college grads, veterans transitioning out of the military.

“It’s a great career. We’re looking for people who want to serve their country here domestically,” said Jose Avina, Border Patrol Agent.

In order to join the team, you must have work experience, be a U.S. Citizen, have good credit, and be under the age of 40 unless you’re a veteran.

The seminar is on December 6 at Park University located at 1330 Adabel Drive. There will be 3 sessions at 9AM, 1PM, and 6PM.

At the moment, the agency is hoping to fill positions in Arizona but recruiters say by the time the application process is complete there could be openings in the El Paso Sector.

No walk ins will be allowed for this seminar. There is limited seating. RSVP by sending an email to oforecruiterselpaso@cbp.dhs.gov or elpasosectorrecruiting@cbp.dhs.gov

View more information on CBP careers here.

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