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Females crossing U.S. border up 173%, but only 5% of agents are women
Females crossing U.S. border up 173%, but only 5% of agents are women

The Border Patrol is looking for a few good women – more than a few actually – to work along the Southwest border, where the number of females crossing into the U.S. has increased dramatically.  Just 5% of the Border Patrol’s 21,000 agents are women. But the number of apprehended female migrants topped 120,000 in the fiscal year that ended in October, a 173% increase from 2011. To address that disparity and to try to bring Customs and Border Protection male-female ratios in line with other federal law enforcement agencies, the Border Patrol has received a special waiver to limit applications to women during its 10-day December recruitment window, which closed...

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