El Paso Border Protection is hiring, but still short on employees

A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Customs and Border Protection will host a hiring seminar on Thursday to hire border patrol agents, CBP officers, and air and marine agents.

The newest audit released last Wednesday says Border Patrol is short by nearly 2,000 agents. U.S. law requires a minimum of 21,370 agents, but only had 19,500 as of May.

The audit says Border Patrol hires 523 agents a year, but loses more than 900 annually.

The Washington Times reports that managers are blaming “everything from working conditions to competition with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

In an off-camera interview, some people from El Paso said there is a negative stigma associated with working for Border Patrol in The Sun City. They say some won’t even apply out of fear of what their friends and family members might think.

KOFX14 previously reported that a polygraph exam could be the culprit. In the article, the agency says two out of three candidates will fail a polygraph exam for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In addition to the employee shortage, President Trump has called to hire 5,000 more agents to protect the U.S./Mexico border.

Possibly in response to the shortage, United States Customs and Border Patrol in El Paso is looking to hire border patrol agents, CBP officers, and air and marine agents.

They will host three hiring seminars on Thursday, November 16, from 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. at Park University, 1330 Adabel Drive in El Paso.

Space is limited, they’re asking attendees to call (915) 834-8849 to reserve a seat.

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