Border Patrol Chief: Trump’s Support Has ‘Definitely Had a Positive Effect’

By Paul Crookston

Acting Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s emphasis on border security has boosted morale within the agency.

Speaking on Politico’s “Women Rule” podcast, Provost, the first female head of the Border Patrol, said the benefits of Trump’s support have extended to agents of all backgrounds. Journalist Amanda Ripley asked specifically whether Trump’s focus on the border, beefing up the Border Patrol, and building a border wall mattered to agents.

“Yes, I would say it’s definitely had a positive effect,” Provost said. “When I’ve gone out and spoken with agents … I’m seeing that enthusiasm.”

“It’s a dangerous job. It’s a tough job, but it is a job worth doing,” she added. “And I think the fact that they’re getting some support certainly helps bolster their morale.”

She said their mission is a broad one that deals with national security in general, and it benefits agents to have the administration’s backing.

“I think having that support has really made them feel good,” Provost said. “As it should, because it’s a tough mission that we have to do. It’s not just an immigration; it’s a national security mission.”

Ripley also asked if Trump’s rhetoric has led to tension among …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon