Border Patrol expanding to the north, holding recruitment events in border states


The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency is holding recruitment events in Vermont next week as part of President Trump’s executive order expanding border patrol personnel.

Customs and Border Patrol has open, full-time positions on both its Vermont and Maine teams, as it mounts efforts that are leading to an inundation of immigrants and refugees in Canada.

The agency’s press release on the job fair classifies an officer’s main responsibility as “to protect the nation by detecting and preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travel.”

The statement wasn’t shy about conveying a long list of potential functions border patrol officials may need to perform.

“CBP officers perform a wide variety of duties, including, but not limited to: conveyance and traveler inspection, passenger and cargo analysis, examination and law enforcement activities relating to revenue and trade, seizure of contraband, interdiction of agricultural pests and diseases and admissibility of persons at 328 ports of entry located at airports, sea ports and land borders,” the statement added.

Those wishing to apply must be U.S. citizens who have lived in the country for the past three years. Upon application, each person must pass a medical exam, fitness and drug tests, a background investigation, and a polygraph test. Applicants must also be under the age of 40. After getting accepted, trainees will need to carry a firearm and receive paid training at CBP’s Field Operations Academy in Glynco, Georgia, following the passage of admittance tests.

CBP will host events next week in Derby Line, Vermont, and Burlington, Vermont. The first event will be held Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Derby Line (Route 5) Port of Entry, and the second will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Vermont Career Resource Center in Burlington.

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