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    Hispanics Hold 52 Percent of Border Patrol Jobs

    Growing up along the Texas border, Edward Caballero remembers fearing the green-uniformed agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.

    Now, the 32-year old Caballero — a former schoolteacher in the Rio Grande Valley — is one of thousands of new agents who have swelled the force's ranks to more than 18,000, a product of an historic recruitment blitz.

    And unlike the Border Patrol of his youth, which was overwhelmingly Anglo, the expanded border agency is now 54 percent minority. Hispanics like Caballero comprise 52 percent of the agents.

    ''It seems like most Border Patrol officers were Anglos, and I hate to say it, not too friendly towards Hispanics," Caballero recalled. ''It's not so much that way anymore."

    Since the Bush administration mandated hiring 6,000 new agents to boost the force to 18,000 by the end of this year, the ranks of Hispanic agents have mushroomed. The roughly 6,400 Hispanic agents on duty in 2006 increased 45 percent to about 9,300 last month.

    Caballero said his fluency in Spanish and his upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley, which is predominantly Hispanic, is an advantage when he encounters illegal immigrants trying to cross the winding Rio Grande and fade into riverside communities.

    ''Overall, I can make more of a connection culturally because of the language and how to interact with Hispanic people," said Caballero, who is stationed in Edinburg. ''Earlier with the Anglos (agents), it didn't seem so friendly. It was almost like you feared them — even if you were not an illegal, you had to look out."

    Recruits' advantage
    Because southwest border communities are largely Latino, recruits there have an advantage in the required Spanish fluency as well as familiarity with the job. Applicants who can pass a Spanish proficiency test can skip 40 days of required language instruction at the academy.


    ''It is an easier task to convince someone who lives in Texas to apply for a position in Texas," said Joe Abbott, director of recruitment for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ''We have a large Hispanic population on the southwest border, and they are familiar with the Border Patrol, so the opportunity is more appealing if they're closer to home."

    The government employed a diverse array of recruiting tools to meet the 18,000-agent goal. The Border Patrol sponsored NASCAR stock cars and bull-riding events, held job fairs in communities with high unemployment and visited black college campuses.

    Though the Border Patrol force has become more ethnically diverse, it's still 95 percent male. However, the recruiting drive boosted the number of female agents to nearly 1,000.

    ''To me it's an indication we're making headway in trying to parallel the civilian labor force, by increasing the diversity," Abbott said.

    What critics say
    But there are some concerns about thousands of new agents enforcing laws in the same communities where they have strong family ties, some that extend across the border.


    ''The problem I think that will come up are with people who are born and raised there, and have associates on both sides of the border. I don't think that's especially good from an integrity standpoint," said James Dorcy, a director of the National Association of Retired Border Patrol Officers.

    ''The drug cartels are trying to do everything they can to infiltrate the Border Patrol right now," Dorcy said.

    His organization and the National Border Patrol Council worry that the rapid buildup of the Border Patrol, along with an outsourcing of background investigations of applicants to private contractors, has allowed unsuitable candidates to become federal agents.

    Corrupt agents
    Their concerns have some validity, as a number of agents have been caught taking bribes to allow illegal immigrants, as well as drugs, to cross the border.


    Last week a federal judge in McAllen sentenced ex-Border Patrol officer Reynaldo Zuniga, 34, to seven years in prison for drug smuggling. The officer, from the Valley city of Harlingen, was paid to pick up a cocaine smuggler on the Rio Grande and drop him off at a hamburger stand nearby.

    Earlier this month, federal prosecutors returned a bribery and narcotics trafficking indictment against Leonel Morales, a 30-year-old Border Patrol agent from Zapata. He is charged with taking a $9,000 bribe to escort a load of narcotics this summer.

    Despite the arrests of border officers, Caballero believes his knowledge of the local culture will help figure out if a co-worker has gone bad.

    ''Honestly, I feel like who else would know better if something is not right, someone who has been in this area their whole life," Caballero said. "That outweighs any possible negative effect that could come out of it."

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    Hispanics in Border Patrol

    Isn't this a bit like setting the wolf to guard the henhouse ?

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    In any case, they are not doing a very good job of protecting the border. Maybe the ethnic makeup of the Border Patrol is a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorm the Old View Post
    Isn't this a bit like setting the wolf to guard the henhouse ?
    My little saying's always been "like the fox guarding the henhouse", but the principle remains true...
    The mestizoes are by and large going to be loyal to Mexico and their "Raza" before the U.S. government and protecting this country's people and sovereignty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beowulf wodenson View Post
    My little saying's always been "like the fox guarding the henhouse", but the principle remains true...
    The mestizoes are by and large going to be loyal to Mexico and their "Raza" before the U.S. government and protecting this country's people and sovereignty.

    not necessarily.

    Hispanics who are second generation or beyond suffer the same consequences as do working class americans from illegal immigration.
    Those who have acclimatized to the american standard of living are not as willing to live on bare minimum wages that would result from the mass influx of low-skilled immigrants and thus be less welcoming of them.
    Significant numbers of hispanics in the american southwest actually oppose illegal immigration as much as the americans do.

    It is those who live in the large cities like la or chicago who are the ones that actively support illegal immigrants.
    You'll find that membership of groups like la raza and mecha comprises mostly of urbanized individuals, many of whom who have gone to college where they have been radicalized by extremists.

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