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New Mexico is a very important state for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The Border Patrol Academy, where all new Border Patrol Agents recruits are sent to train for 58 days, is located in Artesia, a city in Eddy County, NM. Originally established in 1924, the CBP stations in New Mexico were primarily concerned with preventing the entry of smuggled liquor from Mexico. Now, their mandate has considerably become heavier as they see to it that the border is secured against the entry of terrorists and their weapons while still keeping a close watch at illegal aliens and contraband from making its way to the United States.
New Mexico Border Patrol Agents are among the busiest, too. In 2011, they apprehended more than 10,000 persons and confiscated a hefty 43,667 pounds of marijuana and 115 pounds of cocaine. They also had to deal with 37 assaults and performed 20 rescues during that time frame. There are three ports of entry in New Mexico. The first is a user-fee airport located in Albuquerque; the second is in Columbus; and the third is in Santa Teresa. In Columbus, the facilities are Columbus Cargo and Santa Teresa Vehicle Exports while the port of entry in Santa Teresa has Commercial Operations; Airport-Customs; and Vehicle Exports facilities.
Aside from these three ports of entry, there are also border patrol stations that belong to the El Paso Sector that are found in New Mexico. These are the Albuquerque Station; Alamogordo Station; Truth or Consequences Station; Deming Station; Santa Teresa Station; Lordsburg Station; and Las Cruces Station. Because of the constant action happening in New Mexico, Border Patrol Agents are in high demand here. They also hire Missions Support Specialists, among others, to assist front line agents with information, research, and data-gathering.
To qualify for New Mexico Border Patrol jobs, you need to meet the following key requirements:
- U.S Citizenship
- Resided in the U.S. or its protectorates or territories for the past three years
- Be under 40 years of age
- Meet the education and/or experience requirements. Applicants at the entry-level must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university if using education to qualify. If using experience, the applicant must hold a position for one year that showcases his or her ability to stay cool and make rational decisions even in the face of danger. A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify.
- Have no misdemeanor convictions for the crime of domestic violence or felony convictions. Having any of these in an applicant’s background is an automatic disqualification.
For those who want to be a part of CBP in Mission Support roles, the entry requirements are similar to that of Border Patrol Agents. In addition, they must also be able to type at least 40 words per minute.
Expect a rigorous hiring process that can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months. You need to pass the Border Patrol Entrance Examination to be placed in the inventory—the first step towards getting tentatively selected as part of New Mexico Border Patrol. In addition, you also need to pass physical fitness tests; polygraph exam; drug test, medical evaluation, and an oral interview. If you get selected as a new recruit, you will be sent to the Border Patrol Academy for 58 days of intense training. Many agents say that this is really where the real challenge begins. Pass all the courses and trainings and you will be a Border Patrol Agent assigned in the duty locations in New Mexico.
For more questions about working for New Mexico Border Patrol, contact the recruiter in the El Paso Sector at 1-866-525-8848 or write an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.