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Border Patrol Stops Offering Language Interpreters to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When law enforcement agencies need help translating a language, they often call the U.S. Border Patrol for help.

But under a new decree issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol agents won’t be used as interpreters for local authorities, the Huffington Post reports.

The idea, Border Patrol officials said, is to keep the agency focused on protecting the borders.

“The new guidance related to requests for translation services helps further focus CBP efforts on its primary mission to secure our nation’s borders.” a statement by Customs and Border Protection said. “CBP remains committed to assisting our law enforcement partners in their enforcement efforts.”

Immigration rights groups have long opposed the Border Patrol’s involvement, saying people were being arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally, the Huffington Post wrote.

Chicago FBI Looking for Folks With Foreign Language Skills


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As part of its ongoing battle against a host of crimes including cyber crime, terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, corruption, kidnapping and civil rights violations,the FBI in Chicago is looking to recruit contract linguists with foreign language skills.

The bureau is hosting a foreign language career fair on March 12 at the offices of the Illinois Medical District, 2100 W Harrison Street, in Chicago from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The FBI said prospects must be U.S. citizens.

In a press release, the FBI in Chicago said the agency is looking “to add to its foreign language program individuals fluent in Chinese (all dialects), Korean, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Somali, Spanish, and Hebrew. However, positions are available for persons with any foreign language fluency.”

The agency said the contract linguists translate documents or audio, serve as interpreters for investigative interviews and provide translation during visits by foreign dignitaries.

The pay ranges from $27 to $41 per hour.