During the presidency of a man who supposedly hates women, women have been gaining top jobs in the Trump administration. On Thursday, another one joined those ranks, becoming the first female ever to lead the U.S. Border Patrol.
The agency, which is sworn to protect our country from illegal entry and foreign terrorists as well as trafficking of humans, drugs, and weapons, is now being officially led by 23-year veteran Carla Provost, NBC News reported.
Provost is the 18th chief but the first female one in a 94-year-old agency that is only 5 percent female. She thinks that will change, especially if she encourages more women to join with an updated recruitment program.
“I may be the first female chief, but I am certain I will not be the last,” she said after her appointment.
During that process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan said, "No one is better suited or better prepared to be chief. Carla is an agent’s agent.”
On top of wanting to take good care of the men and women who work for her, she’s also very serious about securing our borders.
Image: U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Glenn Fawcett
One way to do that, Provost said, would involve closing "some of these loopholes that are drawing people to bring their families and their children in a very treacherous trip to come into this country."
But she also sees a need for a better physical barrier and surveillance to keep people from crossing illegally rather than going through the correct entry process at official border stations.
In support of Trump’s wall, Provost said, "We already have many miles, over 600 miles of barrier along the border. I have been in locations where there was no barrier, and then I was there when we put it up. It certainly helps,” according to The Hill.
But she also added, “It's not a be-all-end-all. It's a part of a system. We need the technology; we need that infrastructure.”
Image: U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Donna Burton
Provost has been the acting chief of the Border Patrol since April 2017, according to Fox News. She has worked as an agent and administrator in Arizona, California, and Texas and has worked to clean up corruption and mismanagement inside the agency.
Other women in the Trump administration lead the Transportation, Education, and Homeland Security Departments as well as the CIA and Small Business Administration. Nikki Haley also serves as the U.S. ambassador to the UN, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the White House Press Secretary.
Congratulations, Chief Provost!