Countries bordered by other sovereign states usually set up measures to monitor or regulate the flow of people and goods across its borders. Border patrols are often established by a country's government for certain reasons such as economic stability and public safety. In the United States, the Mexican border patrol is under the jurisdiction of the US Customs and Border Protection, an agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
These agents protect citizens from terrorists, drugs, and weapons smuggling. They also prevent illegal aliens from sneaking into the U.S., as well as the organized groups that do human smuggling and trafficking across the borders.
Becoming a Mexican border patrol agent is a tough job that requires stringent training. If you are interested to become one, here are a few things you should consider.
- You must be a U.S. citizen below 40 years of age. You shouldn't have any record related to domestic violence.
- Attend NASCAR racing events. Border Patrol has recently teamed up with NASCAR to promote recruitment. The agency has sponsored recruitment stations, and you can apply and sign up at those booths, near the racetracks.
- Try applying online. You can go directly to cbp.gov to learn about the application process and requirements. You can also find patrol recruiters who might be visiting around your area.
- If you find a border patrol recruiter, contact him/her immediately. E-mail him and let him know that you are interested in signing up. Tell him you have a few questions about the program.
- Ask the recruiter to informally assess you. Ask if you are qualified to apply for an assignment as border patrol. If you do not qualify as an agent under the US-Mexico border patrol, you might still be qualified to man other posts.
- If the recruiter sees any potential and if you are ready, then take a shot by applying directly at the CBP website. Fill out the application form completely. Read and understand carefully to avoid any mistake.
- The CBP will contact you for a personal interview if they you're you fit for the job, based on your requirements.
- Equip yourself with necessary information about the Border Patrol by browsing the web.
- Pass all the required qualifications such as fitness tests, medical examination and screening, and background investigations. The CBP wants their agents clean and clear.
- If there is an exam to be a qualified Mexican border patrol, get a study guide, which can help you improve your chances of passing.
Being a Mexican border patrol agent is not an easy job. This job will mostly involve field work. It can sometimes bring about risks to life and limb, considering that some human traffickers are armed and organized. But think of the service you are doing to your country. You are actually defending and protecting it. If you are the kind of person who dislikes getting stuck behind a desk, and who prefers field work, then being a US-Mexico border patrol might just be the job for you.