U.S. Border Patrol Chief Facing Hard Questions Over Agent Charged with Murder

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Some tough questions for the top officials of U.S. Customs and Border Protection after a Border Patrol agent confesses to killing four people in Laredo.

Chief Carla Provost – U.S. Border Patrol said, “Well, first and foremost I will tell you that there has been no lowering of standards. We continue to evolve and we continue to change in our training aspects and our hiring processes. We do extensive background checks upon hiring. We do five-year re-investigations. We have now added the polygraph. Our training is one of the best in the nation. It’s a 117-day academy out in Artesia. I would say that there has not been a degradation when it comes to hiring. We have very stringent standards.”

Investigators say 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz had no history of problems with the agency. He also had no criminal record before being charged with the murder of the four women in Laredo. Ortiz confessed to killing the prostitutes over a two-week period.

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