US Border Patrol struggles to meet demand for new agents

New Mexico

A massive push is underway to hire Border Patrol agents, but officials at a New Mexico training facility aren’t sure they can meet the demand. 

There are 400 recruits in training right now in the academy in Artesia. 

This year, they are getting nearly double the amount of training for everything — more firearms, more immigration law, and scenario training to simulate what agents may face on the border, and Spanish language classes are now mandatory. 

“I want them to be prepared for any situation they may encounter. The second thing is that I want them to have every tool available to them to handle that encounter safely,” U.S. Border Patrol Academy Chief Dan Harris Jr. said.

President Trump wants to add 5,000 Border Patrol agents. Yet, the department says it is already struggling. 

It’s nearly 2,000 below the nationally mandated 21,000. 

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