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27-Year Veteran of Border Patrol to Lead Big Bend Sector in Texas

Border Patrol Agent Robert L. Boatright

By Steve Neavling

A 27-year veteran of the Border Patrol is taking over leadership of the agency’s Big Bend Sector in Texas.

Robert L. Boatright was appointed by Carla Provost, the acting chief of the Border Patrol.

“I am looking forward to working with the Border Patrol Agents and professional support staff of the Big Bend Sector as well as all of our community stakeholders and law enforcement partners throughout the region,” Boatright told the Homeland Preparedness News.

Boatright’s Border Patrol career began in 1990 at the Imperial Beach Station in the San Diego Sector.

He served a member of the Senior Executive Service. Boatright also served as acting deputy chief for law enforcement operations at Border Patrol’s headquarters in Washington D.C. His most recent assignment was acting chief patrol agent at the Laredo Sector.

His new assignment places him in charge of 510 miles of the southwest border.

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Assaults on Border Patrol Agents Rise Even As Immigration Declines

Border Patrol agent makes an arrest. Photo via Border Patrol.

Border Patrol agent makes an arrest. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents have come under increasing attack this year, even though illegal immigration is down.

Reported assaults on agents rose to more than 550 from January to June 1 of this year, from 300 during the same period last year, Carla Provost, the acting chief of the Border Patrol, told Congress on Wednesday, the Washington Times reports. 

Provost declined to speculate on why assaults are surging, but the timing coincides with fierce immigration debates in the U.S.

The attacks underscore the dangers facing Border Patrol agents, she said.

Border Patrol Gets Its First Woman Leader in 93-Year History

Acting Director of the Border Patrol Carla Provost.

Acting Director of the Border Patrol Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol’s first woman to serve as acting chief was named Tuesday to lead the agency as the Trump administration tries to build a wall on the border of Mexico and hire an additional 5,000 agents.

Carla Provost, who was the deputy chief since October, replaces Ronald Vitiello, who became acting deputy commission of Customs and Border Protection, the Associated Press reports. 

Provost is the fourth person to lead the agency since late 2015. She is the first woman to lead the agency in its 93-year history.

Customs and Border Protection said it’s not yet clear how long Provost and Vitiello will serve in the acting roles.

Border Patrol Appoints Its First Woman to Serve As Deputy Chief

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol has its first female deputy chief.

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan has selected Deputy Assistant Carla Provost to serve as deputy chief, which makes her responsible for more than 23,000 employees, El Paso Proud reports. 

Provost, who will lead daily operations, is now the highest-ranking woman in the 92-year history of Border Patrol.

“I am deeply honored,” said Provost. “I realize it’s historic but I wasn’t aiming to do this. I never set out to be in this position, I’ve just focused on doing the best job in the position I’m in, and not looking at the next one. Doing my best has always led to that next position.”

Women only account for about 5% of the Border Patrol agent force.

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