'Sexist' Trump Admin Just Named First-Ever Female Border Patrol Chief


Among all of the “-isms,” “-ists” and “-phobes” President Donald Trump has been smeared with by his critics over the past few years, the labels of “sexist” and “misogynist” have arguably been the ones that have been repeated the most.

Considering the plethora of women Trump has appointed or nominated to powerful top positions in his administration, such labels are patently absurd, and have been once again disproven with the appointment of yet another women to a top post, Chief Carla Provost of the U.S. Border Patrol.

According to the Customs and Border Patrol website, Provost began her career with the Border Patrol in 1995 as an agent in Douglas, Arizona, of the Tucson Sector, and was promoted to be a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in 1998, later being promoted again in 2001 to become a Field Operations Supervisor.

In 2006 she transferred to Yuma Sector in Arizona and was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, becoming the Patrol Agent in Charge of the Wellton Station in the Yuma Sector in 2009. In 2011, Provost became the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector in Texas and then moved on to be the Chief Patrol Agent of California’s El Centro Sector in 2013.

Provost continued to work her way up the career ladder and became Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility in 2015, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol in 2016, prior to being named the interim acting chief by Trump in 2017.

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She has received numerous awards during her tenure with the Border Patrol thus far, and has served as an instructor for bike patrol units, firearms training and even post-academy law. Prior to her career with the Border Patrol, Provost served as a police officer in Kansas and earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, as well as Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Kansas State University.

The Arizona Republic reported that Provost will be the 18th chief of the Border Patrol agency and will oversee more than 19,000 agents securing more than 6,000 miles of land borders between the U.S. and our neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico.

In accepting the appointment as the first woman to ever lead the U.S. Border Patrol agency, Provost acknowledged the significance of the event and that more needed to be done to address the wide gender disparity.

“The Border Patrol has been at about 5 percent of women my entire career,” she stated. “But I can tell you we are seeing more and more women rise through the ranks and into senior positions. And I believe that this will help with the recruitment.”

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“There are many women who have paved the way for me getting here. I may be the first female chief of the Border Patrol but I am certain I will not be the last,” she added, according to The Washington Post.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced Provost’s appointment — which doesn’t require a Senate confirmation vote — in the Thursday news conference, and stated, “Her career has been marked by a tendency to take on most challenging roles in most challenging areas of our border, and our agency.”

“She’s come up through the ranks, earned each new role with hard work, perseverance and a willingness to do whatever the Border Patrol asks of her to advance the mission,” he added.

Provost will now assume leadership of the Border Patrol from Ronald Vitiello, who in addition to formerly serving as chief of the agency, is also serving as acting deputy commissioner of the CBP and has been nominated by Trump to serve as the next director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

One of Provost’s primary issues to focus on as the new chief is recruitment and retention of officers for what can at times seem a thankless job patrolling barren stretches of desert along the southern border.

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Another major focus of Provost will be to address illegal immigration by closing “some of these loopholes that are drawing people to bring their families and to bring children across a very treacherous trip to this country.”

This woman is quite obviously well-qualified for the job to which she has been nominated, and her nomination proves once again that Trump will put the best candidate into a position regardless of gender or race or other factors that have no bearing on their ability to do the job, utterly undermining the left’s narratives against him.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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