The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the most interesting stations in the country because of its unique location and history and the fact that the unique land features and existence of waterways requires specialized border patrol training requirements to be met. The city of Baton Rouge is located on the Mississippi River, which is one of the largest interior shipping waterways in the entire United States of America.
Baton Rouge is also located 82 miles north of the major port city of New Orleans, Louisiana and 192 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which is a major shipping hub between the United States, Mexico and the bulk of South America via shipping routes. Baton Rouge is home to a large docking area- on of the largest on the Mississippi River- and thus is a major trade route for the shipment of goods all across the country and along one of the largest rivers on the entire continent of North America.
The History of the Baton Rouge Border Station
The Baton Rouge border crossing station was originally created with the purpose of performing safety and compliance inspections on cargo being shipped along the Mississippi River and to perform security and immigration checks on the various crewmen that worked on the cargo ships. To this day, the Baton Rouge station still works for those primary reasons, but over the years additional responsibilities have been assigned to the border patrol jobs available in Baton Rouge.
Additional responsibilities for those border patrol jobs include patrolling the city, assisting local and federal law enforcement agencies, performing traffic checkpoints and helping local businesses enforce and comply with national immigration employment laws.
For a short while, the Baton Rouge station was closed due to economic reasons, but was re-opened in the late ‘50’s when it was found that many deserter crewmen, who arrived in the country illegally, would depart in Baton Rouge because of the lack of any CBP stations within about a hundred miles of Baton Rouge in every direction.
These days, border patrol agents primarily search cargo and check immigration documents for foreign crews that may be docking in the city. Border patrol jobs in the area also work with local law enforcement in the apprehension of illegal immigrants who were attracted to the area because of all the manual labor jobs available in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.