..and a fine point here: US Customs and Border Protection, don't say Border Patrol in your interview or application - just a tip so you sound educated. there are some vast ideological separations between agencies. That said the working relationship between the two is great. I too saw the posting, and that it is no longer posted. There is no doubt that hiring will continue. Pay is 25% greater than posted in the advertisement due to unscheduled overtime/law enforcement availability pay, the job is just plain good times. keep your eyes on the board, especially after the federal budget is finally approved.