In the 94-year history of theBorder Patrol, they will finally have a female chief, Carla Provost. The new chief’s service record places her in border sectors in Texas, Arizona, and California. Provost will take the reigns as the 18th chief after decades of active service in several positions. She first came on duty in January 1995 as a member of Class 277. Her initial station was in Douglas, Arizona, part of the Tucson Sector. She quickly rose up the ranks in 1998 with a promotion to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent and then Field Operations Supervisor in 2001. By 2006, Provost was transferred to the Yuma Sector as an Assistant Chief Patrol Agent.
And now she is set to make History as President Donald Trump makes her the First Woman in the Office of Chief of Border Patrol.
Chief Provost will assume full command amid a spike in illegal border crosser apprehensions along the southwestern U.S.-Mexico Border. As numerous metrics officially released this week demonstrate short-term improvements in July 2018, yet year-over-year figures show current illegal crossing far exceeding tallies seen in 2017. Unaccompanied minors caught in the various border sectors were down 23 percent in July 2018, yet are up 58 percent over the same month in 2017. Family Unit Alien apprehensions were up 173 percent in July 2018 over last year.
The chief will also confront the increasingly troubling trend of Bangladeshi nationals illegally crossing between ports of entry in Texas. In the Laredo Sector alone, more than 500 crossed thus far in Fiscal Year 2018.
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