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More Latinos in the Border Patrol

La Opinin, Posted: Dec 11, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- More than half of the agents who currently guard the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada are Hispanic, according to figures released by the office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Of the total of 18,049 agents who are working for the Border Patrol, 51 percent is Latino, a shift that happened in less than nine months. At the beginning of this year, Latinos made up only 32 percent of the agency. Their high level of interest in the Border Patrol is due in part to the current economic situation, their desire to be fully integrated into the country and to "not appear to be southerners," according to Jorge Mario Cabrera, director of education and public relations for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

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