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Border Patrol Makes Rare Move by Firing Warning Shots from Blackhawk Helicopter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a rare show of force, Border Patrol agents fired warning shots from a Blackhawk helicopter to stop a panga boat that authorities suspected was smuggling drugs off the San Diego coast, the Associated Press reports.

The boat was spotted by the Coast Guard, and men were spotted throwing what authorities believe were bales of marijuana overboard.

Two Border Patrol boats also became involved in the pursuit.

Agents fired several warning shots after the boat refused to stop.

The warning shots worked: The three men on the boat surrendered and stopped the boat.

Border Patrol said it has never used such a tactic on the West Coast.

Want to Be a Border Patrol Agent? Job openings in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Ever consider scouring the border for terrorists and drug dealers?

CBP is hiring for Border Patrol agent positions in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Applicants will undergo a rigorous screening process and must meet physical demands of the job, KVIA reports.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Referred for selection prior to your 37th birthday (waiver for Veterans)
  • You must have resided in U.S. for the last 3 years
  • You must successfully pass a polygraph examination
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Convictions of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are disqualifying
  • You will be required to carry a firearm and have a valid driver’s license
  • You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work
  • Entrance examination scores prior to December 1, 2014 are NOT valid
  • You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards

You may apply for a job at https://www.usajobs.gov/. The deadline is Jan. 22.

Border Patrol Agents Are Getting Attacked Fewer Times Than Previous Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Assaults against Border Patrol agents dropped for the sixth year in a row in fiscal 2014, the Arizona Republic reports.

The agency recorded 373 assaults against agents, a 20% decline over 2013. Of those, 366 occurred along the Southwest border.

That represents a two-thirds drop since fiscal 2008.

Although CPB has broken down the types of assaults in the past, it hadn’t by the Republic’s deadline.

Despite the drop in attacks, agents still feel more vulnerable to attack.

“Agents out there are saying that the people we arrest are less likely to listen to verbal commands,” said Art Del Cueto, president of the Tucson local of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing agents. “They tend to want to run more, to push back against the agent, to be verbally aggressive.”

Border Patrol’s Recruitment of Women Gets 5,500 Female Applicants for Jobs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A recruitment effort to hire more women into Border Patrol is paying off as CBP announced recently that it received applications from 5,500 female applicants, Federal News Radio 1500 AM.

The agency’s ranks of 21,000 agents only include about 5% women.

CBP wants more female agents, partly because more women are crossing the border.

“As a police chief for a long time, I know that women in law enforcement bring a huge amount of positive to any law enforcement agency, and increasing those numbers for the border patrol will do exactly the same thing,” CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said.

“The real goal, of course, is that we needed to increase the numbers at all the levels, all the ranks, and throughout the border patrol of women, because of all of the skills that they bring to the job,” he said.

Wanted Felon Dies After Being Shot with Stun Gun by Border Patrol Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 40-year-old man is dead after he was shot by a border inspector with a stun gun at the busy border crossing of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

Police said the incident happened after a man leaped over a counter and attacked an inspector while being escorted for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry.

The man, who was a wanted felon, was trying to enter the U.S. on foot.

Four CPB officers also were injured and treated at a local hospital.

Authorities said they weren’t able to resuscitate the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

His identity has not yet been released.

Border Patrol Agents Intercept Invasive Insects from Latin American Cargo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents aren’t just worried about illegal immigrants and terrorists entering the U.S.

Fox News reports that CBP agriculture specialists intercepted invasive insects coming from in on container ships.

“Keeping these insect pests out of the United States is of grave concern for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and our agriculture specialists take their job very seriously,” Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia, said in a press release. “Holding the line against destructive insects at our nation’s borders protects America’s varied agricultural industries, and saves our nation’s economy the expense associated with eradicating and recovering from new invasive species.”

Because many bugs can be dangerous to humans, livestock and ecosystems, the U.S. has stringent rules on the types of bugs allowed into the country.

One of the recent seizures involved a seed bug that came from a shipment in Costa Rica. It poses serious risks to crops, shrubs, grains and trees.

Border Patrol Offers Jobs for Women Only to Help Correct Gender Imbalance

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A job posting for new Border Patrol agents didn’t mince words: “Male applicants won’t be considered.”

Customs and Border Protection is trying to correct a significant gender imbalance in the agency by recruiting only women, Fronteras reports.

“Customs and Border Protection has a critical need for female Border Patrol Agents for the screening of female detainees who enter the United States,” reads the job post.

The full-time jobs start with salaries ranging between $39,000 to $44,400 and offer plenty off opportunities for promotions.

Border Patrol hires a small portion of women than most federal law enforcement agencies.

Spokeswoman Agent Shevannah Wray said there’s a greater need for female agents because apprehensions of women are up 173% since 2011.

Smugglers Dropped Large Amount of Marijuana from Ultralight Aircraft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug smugglers have tried all kinds of clever – and not so clever – ways to get their products across the Mexican border and into the U.S.

On Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized nearly $100,000 worth of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft Tuesday, AZ Family reports.

The ultralight was was spotted by CBP camera operators.

Agents found 10 bundles of marijuana wearing roughly 185 pounds.

Agents arrested two Mexican nationals.