For the first time in the United States Border Patrol’s 94-year history, a woman has officially been appointed as leader of the agency. Carla Provost, a former Kansas police officer and 23-year veteran of the Border Patrol who had served as its acting chief for nearly a year, was officially named Chief of the Border Patrol on Thursday. In a ceremony honoring Provost, Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, hailed her as “agent’s agent” who had “come up through the ranks, and earned each new role with hard work, perseverance and her willingness to do whatever the Border Patrol asked of her.”
In an interview following her appointment, Provost noted that the Border Patrol is 95 percent male and that she would be actively working to recruit more women. The Trump administration plans on adding 5,000 agents to the immigration watchdog, which has come under fire for creating immigration checkpoints 100 miles away from the border of Mexico and for its role in the separation of thousands of mothers and their young children under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. When asked about the morality of separating families, Provost was unapologetic.
“It has been my experience that if there are no consequences for violating the law, then people will continue to do it,” she said, before adding that “we do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty.”
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