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One of the most extensive areas covered by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is Texas. If you want to be in the big leagues, this is it! Not only are there consistent job openings in Texas but the opportunity for advancement is consistent!
Because of its huge land area, the state is served by various Border Patrol Sectors. The Big Bend Sector, Del Rio Sector, El Paso Sector, Laredo Sector, and Rio Grande Valley Sector work to prevent the entry of illegal aliens from Mexico to the United States and the smuggling of drugs and other contraband. In 2011, the Texas sectors were able to make 125, 821 apprehensions; seize 1,329,019.77 pounds of marijuana; and seize 4494.83 pounds of cocaine.
There are also numerous air, land, and sea ports of entry in Texas. There are 7 user fee airports. These are: Addison Airport, Alliance Airport, Midland, McKinney, Sugarland, Valley International Airport, and Houston Airport (Service Port). Other ports of entry are located in Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville/Los Indios, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth (Service Port), Del Rio/Amistad Dam, Eagle Pass, El Paso (Service Port), Fabens, Freeport, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, Houston Sea Port, Laredo (Service Port), Lubbock, Port Arthur-Beaumont, Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, Presidio, Progreso/Donna, Rio Grande City/Los Ebanos, Roma/Falcon Dam, Sabine, and San Antonio. All these ports of entry make Texas one of the most fertile grounds for Border Patrol jobs.
If you apply for Texas Border Patrol jobs, be mindful of the qualifications:
- Possess U.S. Citizenship
- Be under 40 years old at the time of appointment
- Have a valid Texas driver’s license
- Possess the required education and/or experience
- Pass the hiring process
At the entry level, you need to have a bachelor’s degree if you want to use education to qualify.
If you want to use experience to qualify, you need to have at least one year of work experience which shows your ability to take charge, make decisions, and maintain composure in stressful situations; your experience must demonstrate an ability to maintain interpersonal relationships with coworkers and the public and a propensity to learn law enforcement regulations, methods and techniques both on the job and through formal instruction. The work experience does not have to be related to law enforcement!
The hiring process involves a thorough background investigation. The CBP hiring team will investigate your criminal history, employment, and credit records. If you have a felony conviction or a misdemeanor conviction of a crime involving domestic violence, you will be disqualified from further consideration. Firings from previous employment (with cause) and a derogatory credit history may also be grounds for disqualification, although these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t speak great Spanish! The Agency trains American agents consistently and can train you, also.
You need to pass a written Border Patrol Entrance Examination which tests your logical reasoning skills and Spanish abilities. If you already know how to speak the language, you will take the Spanish language test. However, if you don’t, you will take an Artificial Language test which will measure your ability to learn Spanish. If you want to be a Border Patrol Agent, understanding and knowing how to speak the language is essential.
You will have the chance to pass the physical fitness test, drug screen, medical evaluation, polygraph test, and oral board interview on your way to being an officer!
All new recruits who are able to successfully pass all the requirements of the CBP will be sent to the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM for 58 days of training. Once you pass the series of tests you will become a Border Patrol Agent in Texas!
If you are still unsure about this career path, talk to a CBP recruiter in the various sectors who can answer your questions and enlighten you on what it is like to work as an agent. There is tremendous pride in this work – a pride that is shared throughout the country by all Border Patrol agents and their families.
If you live in Central Texas, you can talk to a recruiter in the Del Rio Sector. The phone number there is 1-877-420-USBP and the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those living in North Texas can get in touch with the recruiter in the Laredo Sector (956) 723-7630 or (956) 723-1894.
The Marfa Sector caters to those living in West Texas. The phone number there is 1-888-536-6204.
Those in East Texas can communicate with the recruiter at the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Edinburg. The phone number there is: 1-800-863-9382 and the email is: email@example.com.