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Fact Check: Are Half of All Border Patrol Agents Hispanic?

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Fact Check: Are Half of All Border Patrol Agents Hispanic?

On 06.26.18 12:46 PM posted by Emily Larsen

Townhall editor and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said in a*tweet*Wednesday that 52 percent of U.S. Border Patrol agents are Hispanic.

Verdict: True

Pavlich’s figure is in the ballpark. About half of all Border Patrol agents – 51 percent – were Hispanic or Latino at the end of Fiscal Year 2016.

Fact Check:

Pavlich mentioned the proportion of Border Patrol agents after pundits and politicians made*Nazi comparisons*when criticizing the Trump administration’s separation of families crossing the southern border.

“This is the United States of America. It isn’t Nazi Germany, and there’s a difference,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in an*MSNBC interview*last week.

Former CIA Director and CNN national security analyst Michael Hayden*tweeted*a photo on June 16 of the Birkenau death camp at Auschwitz. “Other governments have separated mothers and children,” he said.

Pavlich noted the prevalence of Hispanic Border Patrol agents in response. “Something you won’t hear much about: 52 percent of Border Patrol agents are Hispanic,” she tweeted. “But sure, continue your Nazi narrative.”
Something you won't hear much about: 52 percent of Border Patrol agents are Hispanic. But sure, continue your Nazi narrative.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 20, 2018

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) public affairs office told The Daily Caller News Foundation that about 51 percent of Border Patrol agents were Hispanic or Latino at the end of FY 2016. About 50 percent of all Border Patrol staff, not just agents, were Hispanic or Latino.

The percentage of Hispanic agents was about the same nearly a decade ago. The*Houston Chronicle*reported in 2008 that 52 percent of Border Patrol agents were Hispanic.

The Border Patrol*has a much higher percentage of Hispanic and Latino agents than the general population. The U.S.*Census Bureau*estimated that about 18 percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino in 2017.

The agency also has a higher proportion of Hispanic and Latino staff than some other law enforcement agencies. A Bureau of Justice Statistics*report*on local police department personnel across the U.S. found that 11.6 percent of police officers were Hispanic or Latino in 2013. The*Dallas News*reported that about 7 percent of Secret Service agents were Hispanic in 2014.

Hispanics made up*8.5 percent*of the entire federal workforce in FY 2015, according to a report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, had the highest percentage of Hispanic staff at 21.6 percent.

CBP said in March that it*employed*19,437 Border Patrol agents. Agents are required to already speak or*learn*Spanish.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal crossings led to an increase in the number of migrant families separated when parents were detained. President Donald Trump signed an*executive order*Wednesday to reduce the number of family separations.

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