Carla Provost officially named first female chief of Border Patrol

Carla Provost officially named first female chief of Border Patrol
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Carla Provost was officially appointed head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Thursday, making her the first woman to hold the position in the agency's 94-year history.

“I don’t know if it’s possible to be both humble and proud, but that’s the emotion I’m feeling today,” said Provost, who has served as acting chief for a year, according to NBC.

Women only make up 5 percent of Border Patrol agents, a disparity that Provost said she hopes to tackle.


“When it comes to women obviously there is always more that we can do,” she told The New York Times. “I know that I am the first female to lead the agency but I definitely know that I will not be the last one.”

Provost told Hill.TV on Thursday that she supports President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE's proposed wall at the southern border.

"We already have many miles, over 600 miles of barrier along the border," Provost said on Hill.TV. "I have been in locations where there was no barrier, and then I was there when we put it up. It certainly helps. It's not a be-all-end-all. It's a part of a system."

"We need the technology, we need that infrastructure," she said.

Provost is stepping into the position amid widespread outrage over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which resulted in more than 2,000 migrant children being separated from their parents at the border.