U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be coming to Killeen looking for new employees.
The federal agency will host a job fair Monday to recruit job candidates interested in becoming customs/border patrol officers, air/marine agents and border patrol agents.
The job fair will be held at Texas A&M University-Central Texas at 1001 Leadership Place. Customs and border patrol welcomes all veterans and transitioning service members to attend the event.
This job fair is one of five across the state that will look to hire new border patrol employees, other job fairs will be hosted in Lubbock, El Paso, Amarillo and San Antonio.
Each job fair will hold two sessions; one from 9 a.m to noon and another from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information interested job candidates should visit https://www.cbp.gov/careers.
This job fair comes just a month after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump wants to substantially increase border security along the Mexican border — most of which is shared by the state of Texas.
In a February NPR story written by Brian Naylor, Trump said he wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enforce his executive orders on immigration.
In the report, Naylor interviewed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who was blunt when asked by a member of Congress about Trump’s plans. Kelly said he will add to the ranks “as fast as we can.”
But Kelly quickly added, “We will not lower standards and we will not lower training.”