An uptick in donations since President Trump took office has allowed the Border Patrol Foundation charity to deliver $1 million in financial aid grants for agents and their families since its creation in 2009.

“In the last year and a half, I think as Border Patrol gets a lot more attention in the news, people are starting to look at ways that they can help the agents when they need it,” said BPF Executive Director Shannon Staples, a former agent.

In response to the surge in donations, the foundation has been able to give more to the nearly 20,000 Border Patrol agents in the country, including in cases of on- and off-duty deaths, injuries, illnesses, family medical emergencies, special circumstances, and scholarships.

“Any time that we can assist, we try to as much as we can,” she said.

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