Cbp Announces Border Patrol Academy

Agents Will Be Trained In Centralized State Of The Art Facility

Washington, Dc ? U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner Announced Today That The Border Patrol Academy Will Be Consolidated In A State Of The Art Training Facility Located In Artesia, New Mexico. Currently, New Border Patrol Agents Are Trained In Two Different Locations In Georgia And South Carolina.

?The Border Patrol Has One Of The Most Important Homeland Security Missions: Controlling Our Nation?S Borders, Especially The More Than 6,000 Miles Of Border With Mexico And Canada,? Said U.S. Customs And Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner. ?The New Border Patrol Academy, Will Build A Foundation Our Border Patrol Agents Need To Meet Their Anti-Terrorism, Interdiction And Border Security Mission.&Quot;

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Fletc) Will Host The Border Patrol Academy At Its Artesia, Nm Training Center. The Border Patrol Academy Is Responsible For Addressing The Basic And Advanced Training Needs For More Than 11,000 Border Patrol Agents Nationwide. New Border Patrol Agents Must Complete A Rigorous, 19-Week Training Program That Includes Courses In Anti-Terrorism, Federal Immigration And Anti-Drug Laws, Criminal Law And Statutory Authority, Behavioral Science, Intensive Spanish Language Training, Border Patrol Operations, Care And Use Of Firearms, Physical Training And Motor Vehicle Operations. The Academy?S New Mexico Location Provides A Unique Environment Similar To Southwest Border Where Many Border Patrol Agents Are Assigned Because Of Illegal Migration And Illegal Drug Smuggling.

?The Border Patrol Is An Important Part Of U.S. Customs And Border Protection. The Border Patrol?S Primary Mission Is To Gain Control Of Our Borders And This Has Always Been Important, But In The Post 9/11 Era, It Is Essential. So Far This Year, Border Patrol Agents Have Made Over One Million Arrests And Seized Over A Billion Dollars Worth Of Drugs,? Said Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. ?The Academy And Its Instructors Provide Some Of The Best Law Enforcement Training In The World. By Having The Academy In One Location, We Will Be Able To More Effectively And Efficiently Provide A Professional Training Environment To New Agents That Join The Cbp Border Patrol Family.&Quot;

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Is The Unified Border Agency Within The Department Of Homeland Security Charged With The Management, Control, And Protection Of Our Nation's Borders At And Between The Official Ports Of Entry. Cbp Is Charged With Keeping Terrorists And Terrorist Weapons Out Of The Country While Enforcing Hundreds Of U.S. Laws.
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Green Cards Get A New Look
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First Us Military Naturalization Ceremony Overseas
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Are You Ready For The New Naturalization Test?

America's New Naturalization Test Comes Into Effect On October 1, 2008. The Redesigned Test Was First Introduced On September 27, 2007 To Help The New Applicants Get Familiarized With The Test.

Do You Need To Take The New Test?

Not Every One Needs To Sit For The New Test On October 1St. There Guidelines For Who Needs To Take Which Test Are As Below:

  1. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St And Have Your Naturalization Interview Scheduled Before October 1, 2008 As Well, You Will Take The Current Test.
  2. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St But Are Scheduled A Naturalization Interview Date That Falls After October 1, 2008, You Have The Option To Take Either The Current Test Or The New Test.
  3. If You Apply After October 1, 2008, You Will Take The New Test.
  4. Regardless Of When You Apply, If The Nationalization Interview Is Scheduled After October 1, 2009, You Will Definitely Have To Take The New Test.  

What's New?   

The Current Test Consists Of Mainly Two Subjects - Civics & Written English Test. The New Test Will Have A Few Added Components Making It As Below:

  1. History & Government Test
  2. Reading Vocabulary Test
  3. Writing Vocabulary Test

In The New Test, Questions Will Deal With The American Constitution, Law, Politics, History As Well As The Rights And Responsibilities Of Citizens. Many Questions Will Also Be Phrased To Allow For A Range Of Answers E.G. Mention One Of The Rights To Give The Applicant A Fair Chance.   

Test Procedures

Writing Tests Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Dictate To The Applicant (Sentences And Words Will Be From The Standardized Test). Applicants Will Have To Write At Least One Out Of Three Sentences Correctly On A Form With Blank Lines.

Reading Test Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Ask The Will Use Sentence(S) That Appear On One Of The Standardized Test Forms And Will Ask The Applicant To Read The Sentence(S), Which Are Constructed From Words Included On The English Reading Vocabulary List. The Applicant Must Read 1 Sentence Out Of 3 Correctly (Same As The Current Test).

Information Of The Redesigned Test:
    Scoring Guidelines For English Test

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Travelogue: Immigration Workshop In Bangalore
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Update On Pending Fbi Name Checks And Projected Naturalization Processing Times
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A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In New Delhi
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Zoster Vaccine Shortage
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