A massive influx of Haitian asylum seekers arriving at a small Texas city prompted a federal border protection agency to seek help from civilians.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is hiring anyone who can help free-up agents at Del Rio, 240 miles southwest of Austin.
CBP is offering about 1,200 border patrol processing coordinator jobs to those willing to put themselves at risk of “exposure to potentially dangerous and stressful situations.”
“[This includes] involvement in physical altercations involving the potential use of deadly force,” the CBP careers website said.
Duties include receiving and processing illegal immigrants, and transporting them to both court proceedings and medical facilities. It also requires logging welfare checks and supervising administrative paperwork.
Applicants must be able to handle highly stressful, dangerous, or emergency situations. They must also be proficient in Spanish.
“This is a very, very good program [and] it is a very necessary program,” National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd said according to the Associated Press. “It is a program that will allow us to get more agents in the field.”
The position only requires minimal training, and the annual salary ranges between $35,265 and $51,103 according to the newswire agency.
International media coverage of thousands of migrants cramming under the Del Rio International Bridge prompted CBP to go on a recruitment drive. A further 400 border agents have been assigned to cope with the asylum seeker influx.
Nearly 12,000 individuals have been counted at the nation’s southern border.
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed about 2,000 individuals were moved to other stations to “ensure that irregular migrants are swiftly taken into custody, processed, and removed from the United States, consistent with our laws and policy.”
BL understands the individuals in question came from Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nigeria.
Venezuelan migrant Michael Vargas revealed 16,000 tickets have been handed out. CBP officials were processing ticket number 9,800 at the time of publication.
Border entry at Del Rio is closed, and the Biden administration previously resumed urgent flights to deport asylum seekers back to Haiti.
Flights were canceled in August after the country was struck by devastating earthquakes, according to The New York Times.
There is growing concern that letting asylum seekers into the United States could make it harder for officials to fight human and drug trafficking plus other crimes.