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Border Patrol brings stepped-up recruiting to fairs, rodeos

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/3/2017 By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press
FILE - In this April 5, 2007, file photo, Border Patrol agent recruits practice self defense drills at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, is taking steps to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 5, 2007, file photo, Border Patrol agent recruits practice self defense drills at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, is taking steps to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is casting a wide net to recruit more Border Patrol agents and customs officers to protect the nation's borders.

In this April 9, 2017, photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents talk to visitors at a recruitment tent set up at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Florence, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, set up the booth at the festival in an effort to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) © The Associated Press In this April 9, 2017, photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents talk to visitors at a recruitment tent set up at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Florence, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, set up the booth at the festival in an effort to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP)

The agency is recruiting at events like massive music festival Country Thunder and the Professional Bull Riders rodeo.

FILE - In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Border Patrol agent recruits practice small arms firing as senior agents, in red, watch at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, is taking steps to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Border Patrol agent recruits practice small arms firing as senior agents, in red, watch at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, is taking steps to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Customs and Border Protection has already been hiring for several years, but now President Donald Trump has ordered an additional 5,000 positions within the Border Patrol. The Office of Field Operations, the agency that oversees customs officers, also has been hiring for several years.

In this April 6, 2017 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent gives information about working for the agency to 24-year-old Ric Kindle, of the Phoenix area, at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Florence, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, set up the recruitment booth at the festival in an effort to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan) © The Associated Press In this April 6, 2017 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent gives information about working for the agency to 24-year-old Ric Kindle, of the Phoenix area, at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Florence, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol and of Office of Field Operations, set up the recruitment booth at the festival in an effort to hire more agents and customs officers. President Donald Trump has ordered 5,000 new Border Patrol positions. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

Customs officers and Border Patrol agents work in different agencies but fall under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection.

About 30,000 people visit Country Thunder each day during its weekend-long run in April in Florence, Arizona.

The Border Patrol has nearly 20,000 agents nationwide, and there are about 23,000 customs officers.

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