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US Border Patrol looks for new agents in Toledo

US Border Patrol Agent Richard Gordon says, "This is an all out blitz. We're here looking for fine young men and women, and we know the state has that resource for us." US Border Patrol Agent Richard Gordon says, "This is an all out blitz. We're here looking for fine young men and women, and we know the state has that resource for us."
"I'm very excited, I have been away from Ohio that much, and as far as that goes, that'd be something that's different, and very exciting it seems." "I'm very excited, I have been away from Ohio that much, and as far as that goes, that'd be something that's different, and very exciting it seems."

TOLEDO -- Ohio's sluggish job market has many people considering relocating for work. But what about Mexico?

WTOL's Colleen Wells reports the US Border Patrol was in town Saturday looking for future agents to work the US-Mexican border.

They protect the nation's borders, fighting illegal immigration and are on the front lines in the war on terror.

They're US Border Patrol agents and they're in seven Ohio cities, including Toledo with jobs on the table.

US Border Patrol Agent Richard Gordon says, "This is an all out blitz. We're here looking for fine young men and women, and we know the state has that resource for us."

Applicants file into the riverfront hotel watching a film on border work, registering for a test online for a job which would take them to the Mexican border.

Kurt Minnick is applying to be a US Border Patrol Agent. "I'm very excited, I have been away from Ohio that much, and as far as that goes, that'd be something that's different, and very exciting it seems."

Recent BGSU grad Kurt Minnick is one of the many applicants, willing to relocate because of a rough law-enforcement job market.

"There are not many openings around here, so this is an option for me," Minnick says. 

"It is tough in the Midwest, and things are tough all over. The border patrol is the exception, we are hiring 6.000 agents, so we have jobs," says Gordon.  

Agent Richard Gordon says a presidential mandate after 9/11 has increased the number of agents the US Border Patrol hires.

And with agents making more than $70,000 after their third year.

Interest for the sometimes dangerous jobs is almost always high. Richard Gordon says Toledo did not disappoint.


Colleen Wells reported this story on WTOL NEWS 11.


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