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Published September 18, 2010, 06:23 PM

Border Patrol open house In Grand Forks

A Border Patrol open house in Grand Forks today had some people asking themselves if they wanted to move to a warmer climate.

A Border Patrol open house in Grand Forks today had some people asking themselves if they wanted to move to a warmer climate.

All border patrol sectors nationwide are holding open houses to recruit agents.

"Border patrol right now is hiring 2,200 agents all along the Southwest border. That's California, Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas and East Texas." supervisory border patrol agent Brent Everson said.

Today in Grand Forks people got a peek into what the job entails and agents say over 60 people showed interest.

"We've had a lot of young people come through. They may have jobs now but looking more for a stable career to work throughout their life and something to pursue and raise their family with." supervisory border patrol agent Jerry Winters said.

The border patrol is hiring for the Southern border and agents say it can be quite a lifestyle change.

"It's a different weather, the temperatures are hotter. Overall, it can be a difficult change for people to make but it's very do-able." Everson said.

The application process can take from 6 months to a year to complete, because of medical and physical exams as well as a background check. But people who are interested say it's worth it in the end.

"I talked to an agent a few years ago and he was telling me what he did and it sounded really interesting like something I'd like to do. Your outdoors, kind of like police enforcement and military." applicant Jon Thompson said.

Agents say they are always looking for applicants and this job is a great opportunity.

"The experience they'll gain on the Southern border is far more in depth than they'll find in any other agencies they may work at either up here in North Dakota or throughout the country." Winters said.

This is the first year the Grand Forks sector has held an open house, and agents say it's a good way to let people see what they do.

A supplemental border security bill passed by Congress in August is allotting 176 million dollars to hire 1 thousand border patrol agents in 2011.

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