If you're annoyed that the U.S. Post Office sponsors a team in the Tour de France, then avert your gaze from Nascar, where the U.S. Border Patrol is now in the pits:
The U.S. Border Patrol, seeking to recruit 6,000 new agents by the end of 2008, has emblazoned its name on a NASCAR Busch Series car in an attempt to rev up its ambitious hiring plan.
The agency is teaming with Jay Robinson Racing for a 25-race sponsorship of the No. 28 Chevrolet that will run through the remainder of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season. The green-and-white Border Patrol vehicle made its debut May 11 at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina during the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 -- won by Denny Hamlin in a Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet. The Border Patrol-sponsored car finished 25th out of 43.
I'm sure that's a great use of taxpayer money, but can you spare us the sanctimonious, rah-rah bullshit like this:
The NASCAR vehicle represents "what CBP Border Patrol is attempting to do with its hiring and recruiting efforts; it is fast, diligent and precise," U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham said. "This partnership is exactly what we needed to rev our recruiting and hiring into high gear."
In "It's Our Job To Stop That Dream," from our April issue, Malia Politzer detailed "the endless, futile work of the Border Patrol." Read it here.