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Nov 9, 2009 9:52 PM by Andy Koen

Top border agent visits Springs college students

The nation's top border agent is in Colorado Springs this week.  David Aguilar, Chief of the US Border Patrol spoke with students at Colorado Technical University Monday morning about a career in protecting our nation's boundaries. 

Aguilar is in town for a homeland security conference taking place at the Broadmoor hotel.  He stopped by C.T.U. to talk with students who are studying homeland security about jobs with the department.

"The bottom line is that we exist to protect this country to protect it's way of life," Aguilar said.

While preventing terrorism is job one, Aguilar says controlling who and what gets across the border is also a big responsibility. 

"Our strategy is an all-threats strategy that is focused on making sure that we dovetail all of our capabilities so that all threats coming into this country are taken care of."

University administrators say Aguilar's visit presents a rare opportunity for students.

"I think it opened their eyes a little bit," said Dr. Luis Velez.  "Here we had a real life person who was talking about issues facing our country and the potential threats that we face everyday, I think their eyes were opened dramatically."

The border patrol hires roughly 2,000 people each year.

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