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To those college kids thinking about joining the Border Patrol or CBP, I said, “Do you think you will be riding those horses, ATVs and repelling out of helicopters like the commercials show? No...you’ll be standing at the port sucking up fumes, staring at that fence & standing on
2) a checkpoint in the sun. You’ll be sitting in a processing center that smells of waste as people cough and vomit around you. You’ll tear children from their mothers. Watch as kids collapse and die from the flu. If you’re a woman, you’ll be raped by colleagues or assaulted.
3) If you complain, you could lose your job, won’t receive backup or just be ostracized which is worse than you think. Your female chiefs won’t back you up bc they had it worse than you and well, if you can’t hack it, maybe you don’t deserve to wear the badge. You’ll fight with
4) your spouse & get a divorce, or 2 or 3. Your kids will hate you bc you work 12+ hrs/day, 6-7 days a week. You and your friends will become alcoholics, some will become drug addicts. Many will commit suicide and the agency won’t recognize their service bc they consider
5) suicide a chicken shit action. They won’t offer you help, & if they did, they’ll hold it against you. 25% of your fellow agents are outright corrupt but the agency won’t allow you to whistleblow. They’ll offer you a promotion to keep quiet and if you take it, now you’re
6) corrupt. But you’re caught bc you’ve got kids going to college and are in debt. “Honor First,” yells the Chief and “He doesn’t represent the fine men and women I know in this agency,” but you know that’s bullshit. That’s your life as an agent. That’s the truth.
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