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The Border Patrol Is Showing Up To County Fairs, Country Music Concerts And Spartan Races To Recruit

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Remember when, earlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order to “improve border security and immigration enforcement”? Most of the attention was focused on Trump’s plan to build a billion-dollar border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In that same executive order, Trump called for the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, as well as 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.

Months later, the Department of Homeland Security says it is having trouble finding enough qualified recruits to fill those positions. A July report from the DHS Office of the Inspector General says ICE and the Border Patrol are “facing significant challenges in identifying, recruiting, hiring, and fielding the number of law enforcement officers mandated in the Executive Orders.” How significant? According to the report, ICE would need 500,000 people to apply in order for them to fill 10,000 positions with people who qualify.

ICE and CBP have a two-year window to fill the positions, and according to CBS News, the Border Patrol is getting creative with its recruiting efforts. Border Patrol recruiters are now attending country fairs, Spartan Races, and country music festivals in an effort to find applicants. The Border Patrol recently had a recruiting booth at the WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Among the performers: Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Alan Jackson. It appears the Border Patrol is recruiting at events where they can find Trump supporters who support the President’s immigration policies.

Although the Border Patrol’s new recruiting tactics may lead to an increase in applicants, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll get enough people who qualify for the gig. According to CBS News, 75 percent of recruits fail the required polygraph test. And the last time the Border Patrol made a big push to recruit — right after 9/11 — polygraph testing wasn’t yet implemented, which led to an increase of corruption and excessive violence within the agency, CBS News reports.

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This Brain Surgeon Credits Believing In Himself For Getting Him Through College After Being An Undocumented Immigrant

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This Brain Surgeon Credits Believing In Himself For Getting Him Through College After Being An Undocumented Immigrant

This neurosurgeon went from undocumented migrant to renowned n…

This man came to America as an undocumented migrant. Now he’s a renowned neurosurgeon

Posted by NowThis on Saturday, August 26, 2017

This surgeon’s story is going to become a movie produced by Brad Pitt.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa came to the United States to look for work for the first time when he was 14 years old. In the NowThis video above, he says that when he arrived, after traveling in the back of a pickup truck, he begged for any kind of job so that he could make some money to help his family in Mexico. He was eventually hired to do menial work and he made enough money to take back to Mexico to help his struggling family. Five years later, at 19, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa came back to the U.S. and went to work on a farm picking tomatoes. Despite making only $3.35 an hour, he remembers that he and the other farm workers were happy to be have a job and a chance to make money to feed their families. As time went on, he wanted to do more so he applied for community college and began to learn English.

“The most difficult obstacle that I had to overcome was to somehow believe that number one: I had something to contribute to society,” Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa says in the video. “And number two: that I could actually do it.”

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa was then accepted into University of California, Berkeley and then Harvard medical school. He is currently the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo Clinic in Florida is regarded as one of the best hospitals in the country for neurosurgery and neurology in the United States, according to the video by NowThis. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa says in the video that he performs between 200 to 300 brain surgeries a year and has been practicing for 12 years.

His trajectory is so impressive it is in talks to be featured in a full-length movie and we can’t wait to watch it.

READ: This Undocumented Immigrant’s Story Will Be A Movie Produced By Brad Pitt

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