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Border Patrol Recruits Put to the Test at Boot Camp
Photographer John Moore followed new recruits as they began the rigorous training to become border patrol agents.
A U.S. Border Patrol instructor yells at trainees after their initial arrival at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on Aug. 2, 2017 in Artesia, New Mexico.
All new agents must complete a months-long training course at the New Mexico facility before assuming their posts at Border Patrol stations, mostly along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border security was a signature issue of Donald Trump's campaign and President Trump has pledged to add an additional 5,000 agents to the existing Border Patrol force of more than 21,000.
Trainees practice take-down procedures.
According to the agency's website, on a typical day, CBP arrests more than 1,100 individuals.
A prospective agent checks a vehicle during a training scenario.
The primary mission of the Border Patrol is to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the U.S., but they are also on the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, acting as the primary drug-interdicting organization along the Southwest border.
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