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U.S. Customs seeking 1,300 new hires


Homeland Security Today - Online
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Ports of Entry (PoE) on the Southern border that are undergoing major expansion, like the PoE at Nogales, Arizona, and are in need of new officers, will start seeing an influx of additional officers this next year as fresh hires get their assignments. These new officers are being hired as part of a major new CBP recruiting drive.

CBP is currently looking to hire at least 1,300 CBP officers to work at PoEs, a CBP spokesperson told Homeland Security Today Monday following CBP's announcement of its new hiring initiative.

In addition, 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents will be hired “to work between the ports on the southwest border,” according to a CBP spokesperson.

CBP is building two new Ports of Entry at locations where the existing PoE's receive about 100 cars on its busiest days, according to a veteran CBP officer on the Southern border.

CBP had earlier hired 250 officers and 1,000 Border Patrol agents for fiscal year 2011 pursuant to a supplemental border bill in 2010. Another 1,200 Border Patrol agents were “hired to account for attrition,” the spokesperson explained.

The veteran CBP official told Homeland Security Today that “what the Ports of Entry need are [more] K9 officers. They need to be able to run dogs on every shift. In [one] section they have five PoEs. Money and drugs are a huge problem going both in and out. Yet, in my opinion, we do not have the protection in order to deter, detect nor discover these illicit cargo shipments. The CBP needs to get more dogs at their land PoEs. There should be enough dogs to ensure that they can cover the volume of traffic 24/7.”

“As for the [new] Border Patrol agents,” they could be used in “Arizona. We gotta get a hold of that border region,” the official said.

“As the largest law enforcement agency within the Federal Government, our Border Patrol Agents and Customs and Border Protection Officers carry out the important mission of securing our Nation's land borders and ports of entry while preventing terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States,” Christine Gaugler, Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of Human Resources Management, told Homeland Security Today in a statement Monday afternoon. “Vigilance, Service to Country, and Integrity are US Customs and Border Protection's core values, and we are currently looking for top-notch individuals to proudly serve and live by these values.”

The primary responsibility of a CBP officer is to protect the nation by detecting and preventing terrorist and their weapons from entering the US while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travelers.

CBP officers perform the full range of 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 331 ports of entry located at airports, sea ports and land borders.

The primary mission of Border Patrol agents is also to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States but do so, between official ports of entry. Agents are also responsible for detecting and preventing the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the United States. To carry out their duties, Border Patrol agents conduct roving patrols, line-watch duties, transportation checks and other law enforcement activities.

Both the CBP officer positions and the Border Patrol agent positions are full-time, uniformed positions that require both regular qualification and carrying of a firearm and include paid training at either the CBP Field Operations Academy in Brunswick, Georgia for CBP officers, or the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

Applicants for either position must be a US citizen and resident for the last three years, have a valid driver's license and pass a medical examination, fitness tests, and drug test as well as a thorough background investigation with a high probability of being subject to a polygraph examination used to determine suitability for the position.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently hiring entry-level Border Patrol Agents (BPA).  All eligible U.S. Citizens and Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) applicants are encouraged to apply.
VRA eligible applicants include the following: Disabled veterans; veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or veterans separated from active duty within the past three years.  For more information on VRA eligibility, please visit

We are currently recruiting for the Southwestern border region (States of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California).  To go to the announcement click this link:  BPA 11-2 or type in the following address in your browser: