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Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2016 5:53 pm

EDINBURG — U.S. Border Patrol officials hosted a recruitment event Thursday as part of a nationwide effort to fill more than 1,000 positions.

The event, which was held at a Workforce Solutions building in Edinburg, was one of a handful of events expected to be held this year to fill about 1,000 U.S. Border Patrol agent positions, Border Patrol spokesman Albert Garza said.

“We are accepting about 265,000 applications and out of those we anticipate hiring close to 1,000 agents,” Garza said. “(Workforce Solutions) allow us to use all their facilities across the Valley. That will allow the applicants to utilize the computers, upload their resume, apply for the job, and we help them through the process of the application.”

John Hershey, spokesman for Workforce Solutions, a local workforce development board that serves Starr, Willacy and Hidalgo counties, said they’ve been working with Border Patrol officials for more than three years now.

In November, Border Patrol officials attended the Red White and You hiring event at the McAllen Convention center — Workforce Solutions’ largest hiring event, Hershey said.

“Border Patrol feels that veterans have the right qualifications to become agents and fill some of their positions,” Hershey said.

The hiring is part of a larger nationwide recruitment effort that began last September and is scheduled through May of this year to hire more agents.

There are currently 21,370 officers working for Border Patrol nationwide, including more than 3,000 in the RGV sector. In 2006, Congress passed a law making it mandatory for Border Patrol to maintain a minimum of 21,000 agents.

CBP takes applicants between the ages of 18 and 37 and has a mandatory retirement age of 57. This age restriction, along with agents leaving for other agencies, has pushed CBP’s attrition rate to 5 percent, Border Patrol officials said.



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