FILE – In this July 31, 2018, file photo, then-Customs and border protection of the u.s. Border Patrol Acting Chief Carla Provost takes questions as the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Trump card of the administration of the policy in the area of immigration enforcement and family reunification efforts, on Capitol Hill in Washington. For the first time in the 94-year-old history of the U. S. Border Patrol, a woman is the boss. Provost was named to the position in August 2018 after serving as acting chief since April, 2017 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
WASHINGTON – the U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says that she hopes that she can inspire other women to report to the agency, which has only one female officer for every 20 men.
Provoost tells The Associated Press in an interview, “If you’re a woman in the enforcement of the law, I don’t care where you are, you’re a minority.”
Provoost is a member of the agency in 1995 and was the acting chief in April 2017. They took last month as the first female chef in its 94-year history.
The Border Patrol and the 19,000 agents are under a constant spotlight and faced sharp criticism for its policies. Curbing immigration remains at the top of President Donald Trump’s priorities, and the government is planning to add 5,000 Border Patrol agents.