Border Patrol Coming With 6,000 Available Jobs

UT Dallas Grads Sought to Apply for Positions Securing Nation’s Border

April 8, 2008

Spring graduates interested in federal law enforcement careers should not worry about the murky employment outlook.  In fact, the timing couldn’t be better. 

Amidst rising unemployment nationally, the U.S. Border Patrol is stepping up hiring.  It plans on adding 6,000 new agents in the next two years, a doubling in size since 2001. 

Laredo Sector Chief Carlos Carrillo is personally making a recruiting stop on the UT Dallas campus. He’ll discuss his own career path in the Border Patrol, as well as the current opportunities available with the agency.

The Border Patrol job fair will be held in TI Auditorium on Wednesday, April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Chief Carrillo will speak from 11:15 to noon.

The event is sponsored by Criminology Program and Alpha Phi Sigma in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. 

One criminology professor has first-hand experience with the Border Patrol.  Dr. Denise Boots went through the Border Patrol training academy.  “Border Patrol’s excellence and top-notch training has given me the confidence to become a better professor and citizen.  It’s helped me in every facet of my life personally and professionally,” she said.

The Border Patrol’s drastic growth is a direct result of President Bush’s May 2006 announcement to enhance border security.  Recruitment has become a top priority. 

Chief Carrillo is in town for the annual Border Patrol sector meeting.  The 21 sector chiefs are converging in Dallas for the first time to discuss the nation’s most pressing border issues.

The Border Patrol is part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the largest uniformed law enforcement agency in the country.  CBP, which falls within the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for securing more than 100,000 miles of U.S. border and shoreline. 


Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Carlos Carillo

Chief Carlos Carrillo of the U.S. Border Patrol's Laredo sector will speak at the event.

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