Not America’s Finest: The Border Patrol

You have to have a bachelor’s degree to enter the FBI. Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Houston PD require an associate’s degree.

But the Border Patrol?

You don’t even need a high school diploma.

And background investigations have been outsourced from the FBI to private contractors, and these aren’t as thorough.

Veteran Border Patrol officials expressed concern about the quality of today’s recruits.

”What they’re getting now is, frankly, pretty disappointing,” said Bill King, who directed the Border Patrol academy from 1977 to 1978 and is retired. ”They just seem to have lowered the standard where it would have been unacceptable to me. It’s a difficult thing for me to say because I love the Border Patrol.”