Carla Provost Officially Becomes Chief of U.S. Border Patrol – First Female Head of U.S.B.P.

WASHINGTON — Carla Provost, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, was officially appointed the agency’s first female chief Thursday, more than a year after she was named acting chief.

Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan called it a historic announcement. “No one is better suited or better prepared to be chief,” he said. “Carla is an agent’s agent.”

In becoming the Border Patrol’s 18th chief, Provost said, “I don’t know if it’s possible to be both humble and proud, but that’s the emotion I’m feeling today.”

As for the challenges the agency faces, she said, “Border security is more than just what we do on the border every day.” (read more)

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85 Responses to Carla Provost Officially Becomes Chief of U.S. Border Patrol – First Female Head of U.S.B.P.

  1. Gil says:

    I hope she really does know her stuff and hasnt moved up because shes female. We need a strong tough leader there.

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  2. Marygrace Powers says:

    Congrats Caula Provost/WE NEED TOUGH BORDER CONTROL.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Marygrace Powers says:

      “When Ms. Provost started at Border Patrol, it was tiny backwater agency at the Justice Department with fewer than 5,000 agents patrolling the northern and southern borders.

      Today the agency has nearly 20,000 agents, with the majority of them patrolling the Southwest border with Mexico. Ms. Provost said she and other agents were just given a flashlight and a pair of handcuffs when she first started. Today the agents use high-tech sensors, aerostats and small drone aircraft to carry out their mission.”

      WOW, back when Carla started, given only a flashlight
      and a pair of handcuffs and your sent out. TAKES COURAGE.

      Liked by 18 people

      • Daniel M. Camac says:

        MaryGrace, Yeah, isn’t that a surprise. Maybe now they can supply them with an AK-47 and a “Ma Duece”. Then she and her staff can fully carry out their mission. All within the legal limits, of course. Ha.

        Liked by 3 people

  3. EricStoner says:

    Expect @CNN, other MSM outlets to start asking, “why does President Trump hate men?”

    Liked by 11 people

  4. Summer says:

    She does not look like a delicate snowflake.

    Liked by 26 people

  5. Nigella says:

    Congrats …. She has a a very difficult job ahead of Her

    Liked by 13 people

  6. Ditch Mitch says:

    Saw her months ago when PDJT went to the boarder to view the prototypes. She appeared to be listening attentively, asked a few questions and talked to Kirstjen. Did not know who she was at the time (other than she was in uniform).

    Liked by 8 people

  7. xcontra says:

    She looks like she could put a very rapid beatdown on Chuck Schumer if he ever shows his mangy hide down there. 😀

    Liked by 16 people

  8. wendy forward says:

    I’m a female former INS lawyer and you would definitely be happy with me as head of DHS/ICE or BP. Congrats to Chief Provost!

    Liked by 17 people

    • Daniel M. Camac says:

      Wendy, Sorry but you are being recalled to lead the border agency of your choosing or if you are retired, too bad. Wait a minute….I’m retired and I don’t want to go back. But if it would help this country destroy the ideology of the Left, I’m in. Although I’m not sure how crystallizing proteins would help. I’ll get back to you. Ha.

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  9. 4EDouglas says:

    Let’s see some wimpy antifa droog take the Chief on ..
    Run her out of a restaurant. try it..

    Liked by 18 people

  10. Border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Campean engaged a Mexican drug mule in a gunfight, wounding him in the buttocks. US Attorney, Johnny (Satan) Sutton prosecuted these agents for “bring a firearm to a crime scene” and got ten year sentences. During the trial, the mule was busted smuggling more drugs, but evidence withheld from defense and jury. Placed in general population, these agents were beaten repeatedly, then placed in solitary confinement. As details emerged, COLD ANGER demanded justice. Freshman Rep Mikey Mouse McCaul was chairman of Judiciary, did nothing. On his last day in office, cowardly Baby Bush COMMUTED the felony sentences, but leaving the conviction record.

    President Trump, please PARDON Agents Ramos and Campean

    Liked by 28 people

    • oldschool says:

      Amen Faux. Remember that well. What Bush allowed to happen to those fine officers was criminal.

      Liked by 17 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        I had no clue about this! Our President would have honored them at the WH for a job well done. I agree and hope our President does fully pardon both men.

        Liked by 10 people

        • Sayit2016 says:

          This was when I lost ALL respect for Bush. There was no reason to punish these men for doing their jobs. There was no reason not to pardon them either… This was political cowardice.

          Liked by 7 people

        • churchmouse says:

          WND has a detailed article about it — terrible.

          Excerpts follow (emphasis mine):

          https://www.wnd.com/2006/08/37367/

          ‘“I shot,” Ramos said. “But I didn’t think he was hit, because he kept running into the brush and then disappeared into it. Later, we all watched as he jumped into a van waiting for him. He seemed fine. It didn’t look like he had been hit at all.”

          ‘The commotion and multiple calls for back up had brought seven other agents – including two supervisors – to the crossing by this time. Compean picked up his shell casings, but Ramos did not. He also did not follow agency procedure and report that he had fired his weapon.

          ‘“The supervisors knew that shots were fired,” Ramos told the paper. “Since nobody was injured or hurt, we didn’t file the report. That’s the only thing I would’ve done different.”

          ‘Had he done that one thing differently, it’s unlikely it would have mattered to prosecutors …

          ‘In a move that still confuses Ramos and Compean, the U.S. government filed charges against them after giving full immunity to Aldrete-Davila and paying for his medical treatment at an El Paso hospital.

          ‘At trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof told the court that the agents had violated an unarmed Aldrete-Davila’s civil rights.

          ‘“The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is a violation of someone’s Fourth Amendment rights to shoot them in the back while fleeing if you don’t know who they are and/or if you don’t know they have a weapon,” said Kanof.

          ‘Kanof dismissed Ramos’ testimony that he had seen something shiny in the smuggler’s hand, saying that the agent couldn’t be sure it was a gun he had seen.

          ‘Further, Kanof argued, it was a violation of Border Patrol policy for agents to pursue fleeing suspects.

          ‘“Agents are not allowed to pursue. In order to exceed the speed limit, you have to get supervisor approval, and they did not,” she told the Daily Bulletin.’

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    • socalbeliever#infinite says:

      I do recall … But now the truth about where his loyalties are has come out. Pres Trump needs to pardon these agents of any convictions- for they were only doing their jobs!

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  11. bessie2003 says:

    Congratulations! 23 years of on the job experience! So nice to see this promotion from within instead of a connected Washington insider. Blessings and God Speed for the work ahead!

    Liked by 11 people

  12. BetsBets says:

    But, but, but what about the war on women?

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I realize that Agent Carla Provost does not negotiate trade deals… but she does deal with foreigners.
    Maybe Sundance might consider the addition of another picture for his “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIENDS” theme park gallery.
    Also. Thank you fauxscienceslayer. Agree absolutely on a pardon for Agents Ramos & Campean. I remember reading about that when it happened. Criminal idiocy.

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  14. Cheri Lawrence says:

    Another Divine Femine Warrior appointed by Trump!! We need people coming up through the ranks. This is very motivational plus they know all the ins and outs and challenges first hand which makes for good leadership. We saw this with Gina Haspel as well. All my support and prayers are with her for divine guidance from within!!

    Liked by 9 people

  15. Truthfilter says:

    Excellent choice. Flies right in the faces of those who would call the Trump Administration bigots, sexists (and those other “ists” that I can’t spell). With 23 years in the field, she probably has plenty of support from the ranks, too.

    Liked by 7 people

  16. Bendix says:

    She appears capable.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. phoenixRising says:

    another excellent choice by our VSG President Donald John Trump

    Liked by 4 people

  18. chrystalia99 says:

    She looks like a tough cookie…Congrats on the official title, Ma’am, and looking forward to hearing good things from the border patrol here in Tucson sector

    Liked by 5 people

  19. LafnH20 says:

    Congratulations..
    CHIEF!!

    Liked by 5 people

  20. covfefe999 says:

    Another woman takes on a historic role during Trump’s presidency and the so-called feminist Dems are silent about it. But they are not ignoring it, they’re burning mad.

    Liked by 6 people

  21. robert_g says:

    Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones) comes to mind.
    Congratulations Carla Provost !
    Great potential hyper-chess move by Trump

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Good for her. She looks like she yielded a baton or night stick with some really bad intentions. Skull meet night stick!

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Judiciary says:

    But, but, Trump hates women. Sarc

    Liked by 4 people

  24. Nikita's_UN_Shoe says:

    Congratulations to Carla Provost.

    If she was indeed the most qualified and was not just promoted to fill a government-created minority slot, then why the ‘first’ spotlight on her gender?

    First-this and first-that is malarky. Always hire the most qualified and those news worthy first-this and first-that will naturally fall in place without the fanfare.

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  25. Kent says:

    We still need ‘the wall’…that would take care of about 30% of the problem…but it’s a very expensive 30%….contain that while containing the overstayed visa problem…punch hard and don’t telegraph intentions…

    Welcome, Ms. Provost.

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  26. Rhoda R says:

    Are Boarder Patrol Agents not allowed to carry weapons? Given what the drug runners are, I find that difficult to believe.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Linnéa says:

      Very interesting question. I googled and researched this (including topics discussed on ‘forum.officer.com’) and while I’m not an expert on this topic — obviously — I am a studious researcher.

      Border Patrol agents are issued the H&K P2000 pistol in 40 S&W caliber. I actually know what that means. I attended a lengthy course that was both an introduction and provided an advanced understanding of firearms. This was conducted by professionals, who were US Military Veterans and the course was specifically tailored to women.

      From my research:

      Border Patrol Agents are Federal Law Enforcement Officers and are issued a firearm as noted above and are authorized to carry a firearm while on duty, authorized to carry off-duty (yes, even in California), and to use automatic rifles when issued — like police SWAT teams.

      HOWEVER, from my research, previous administrations were “not particularly pleased” with off-duty carry, with issuing automatic rifles to Border Patrol Agents on operations where they would likely encounter Mexican drug cartels, or even with allowing the better bullet proof vests to be worn during high-risk operations — like what local police wear for SWAT operations.

      Again, I’m not an expert on this but serious Googling brings up a lot of information on the way the previous administrations (not just Obama!) treated the Border Patrol. It’s really bad!

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  27. Linnéa says:

    I support women in policing!! Carla was formerly a police officer in Kansas and when she joined the Border Patrol less than 5% of officers were female.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Yippeekiyay says:

    Congratulations on your promotion to Chief of U.S. Border Patrol, Carla. I am so grateful to you for what you are doing. Thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  29. Resolute says:

    Tells me a lot that she’s wearing her uniform, and not a suit.

    Liked by 4 people

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  31. wodiej says:

    President Trump knows how to select winners.

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  32. IMO says:

    Carla Provost – Wikipedia
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Provost

    “September 2015, she was tasked with investigating corrupt agents, becoming Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Patrol’s Office of Professional Responsibility.[6]”

    She cleaned out the swamp in the Border Patrol.

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  33. Critical Mass says:

    Provost – great name for a law enforcement officer. She looks and sounds terrific, and it says a lot that she got unequivocal support from the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan.

    From the photo, it also looks as if she is more than physically capable of dealing with illegal aliens. Question is: would she be prepared to do the full nelson on a legal alien like Nancy Pelosi?

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