For the first time in the 94-year-old history of the U. S. Border Patrol, a woman is the boss. Chief Carla Provost is named to the position last August after serving as acting chief since April of 2017.
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The U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost is ground-breaking while serving her country.
Cheers, who joined the bureau in 1995 and was the acting chief in April 2017, took over last month as the first female chef in its 94-year history.
She said that a woman in a largely male organization, not the cause of her problems.
“Now, I am 6 feet tall. That might help when it comes to my stature. Whether it was the police department or the Border Patrol, I was a police officer, not a female police officer. I am a Border Patrol agent, not a woman Border Patrol Agent.”
Provost is personable and very knowledgeable about the Border Patrol. She started as an agent in Douglas, Arizona, after a short career as a policeman in Kansas, where her details to break up fights in the bars. She said that she wanted to get into federal law enforcement, and never had been to the border for the merge of the agency.
She worked in top management positions in El Paso, Texas, and El Centro, California, prior to the transfer in 2015 to the headquarters, where she focused on efforts to clamp down on corruption, misconduct and mismanagement.
“I may be the first, but I guarantee you that I will not be the last female chief of the Border Patrol,” she told Fox News this summer.
Provost said that she hopes that she can inspire other women to report to the agency, which has only one female officer for every 20 men.
“If you’re a woman in the enforcement of the law, I don’t care where you are, you’re a minority,” Cheers said.
Even without the pressure of public opinion, canvassing for the job is difficult, ” Cheers said. Agents should be subject to a detailed background of the research, plus a polygraph exam, with an average of 28 percent success rate.
They are stationed in remote locations along the difficult and grueling work shifts in scorching heat or bitter cold, often walking miles only tracking people who illegally. Sometimes backup is an hour away.
“The majority of my employees working along the southwest border. I can’t compete with a police department where you can live in the city where you were born and raised in,” she said.
Cheers said that the agency is in conflict with the available child care, education and access to medical care in the most remote locations. But she said that agents will now be allowed to move after a few years a big change, she hopes that more people willing to start in a remote post and transfer to a border town.
“To be honest, the fact that I’m in the position I’m in will help,” she said.
The Border Patrol and the 19,000 agents are under a constant spotlight. Curbing immigration remains at the top of President Trump ‘ s priorities, and the government is planning to add 5,000 Border Patrol agents.
The agency has come under fire for the checkpoints within 100 miles of the border. And was faced with withering criticism for its role in the administration of the zero tolerance policy of this spring, which resulted in the discharge of nearly 3,000 children of immigrants of their parents. It is the subject of the federal litigation over the holding facilities where migrants complain of below-freezing temperatures, inedible food and overcrowding.
Earlier this month, a supervisor in Laredo, Texas, was arrested on accusations that he killed four women. Cheers put him on unpaid suspension, and said she was “sick and saddened” by the alleged actions of a “rogue individual.”
“I would hate for this to tarnish the good work that the men and women do,” she said at a press conference in addition to Texas law enforcement.
Provost also is dealing with increased arrests in the southwest border — a possible marker that more and more people coming in illegally and that roils the Trumpet of the administration and the president himself. But for all the controversy around her desk, she is not a controversial figure. Her appointment does not need Senate confirmation, and immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers critical Asset policies have not criticised her.
When detention was usually just coming back from people about the line. They would turn around and come back, Provost said, and they had a catch of the same group, three times per night. She liked the work, but it was frustrating.
“And I think the difference is that we do not deliver any consequences,” she said.
The only way someone was fingerprint was if the person to be recognised for a smuggler, Provost said.
“And you went with him to the station, rolled their printed, faxed them off to the FBI,” Cheers said. “What were we really accomplishing?”
But Provost has a lot in its corner.
“There is no one more suited to lead the Patrol of the Border,” U. S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said after her appointment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Frank Miles is a reporter and editor related geopolitical, military, crime, technology, and sports for FoxNews.com. His e-mail is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.