Welcome to the Laredo Sector of the United States Border Patrol.
This office provides law enforcement support for the Southwest Border and Laredo.
This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector operations, Sector contact information, where our stations are located, and news.
It is a pleasure and privilege to be able to share an overview of the Laredo Sector.
The Laredo Sector is a multi-task law enforcement agency that has served the Southwest Border and Laredo since 1924. Our primary function is to enforce the immigration laws and prevent illegal entry of aliens into the country.
The Laredo Sector is an integral part of a great Border Patrol tradition and mission. We strive to partner with the community to improve the quality of life in the areas we serve. New projects, innovative ideas and a growing interaction with the communities are creating a great environment for the personnel of the Laredo Sector.
We look forward to providing you information about our initiatives and work commitment in maintaining the highest ideals and traditions of the U.S. Border Patrol legacy at the Laredo Sector.
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The U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector is a multi-task law enforcement agency that has served the Southwest Border and Laredo since 1924. The primary mission of the U.S. Border Patrol is to prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, as well as continuing its traditional mission of preventing illegal aliens, smugglers, narcotics, and other contraband from entering the country. The Laredo Sector covers 110,000 square miles in 116 counties, all the way to the Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas borders. Present enforcement problems vary greatly from those of the past. The primary objective has always been to prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States, to prevent their passage through the sector to interior destinations, and to apprehend those who have gained entry and have established themselves in the United States.
The U.S. Border Patrol has implemented varying activities to include the Drug Intervention, Drug Awareness, Bike Patrol, Boat Patrol, and the Canine (K-9) Programs, to address and accomplish its primary objectives. Many of the original means employed to achieve these objectives are still in effect. Linewatch and signcutting duties have maintained their effectiveness. The development of sensor systems and personnel detection devices, audio and video, the VACIS equipment, and the Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS), have substantially increased the efficiency of these operations.
In the past, permanent traffic checkpoints were used as secondary operations due to the significance of vehicle traffic. It has now expanded into one of the most important and effective enforcement operations. The majority of smuggling cases both alien and narcotics, false documents, and false claims to citizenship are encountered by agents conducting this activity. Traffic checkpoints are our major defense against those aliens who enter as non-immigrants with the intention of seeking employment in the interior areas. The majority of narcotic smugglers are apprehended at the checkpoints or when attempting to circumvent them.
Freight train checks have been one of the most productive operations for alien apprehensions in the sector. It is also the most dangerous activity, which often results in numerous deaths to aliens, and serious injuries to both aliens and agents. Commercial transportation checks have resulted in many drug seizures, as well as alien and smuggler apprehensions.
With a workforce of over 1,400 employees, the Laredo Sector is a viable economic factor providing over $80 million in salaries on an annual basis for the Sector's region. The Laredo Sector has one Sector complex and nine stations: Laredo North, Laredo South, Laredo West, Zapata, Cotulla, Hebbronville, Freer, San Antonio, and Dallas.
History of the Laredo Sector Headquarters
There have been many changes to station locations and sector boundaries due to enforcement needs and the creation or closing of other sectors. The first sector headquarters in Laredo was set up in the dwelling of Mortimar Hanson, the first Chief Patrol Inspector. This temporary arrangement lasted until the latter part of 1924 when the Headquarters Station was moved to a residential establishment on Meadow Avenue, where it remained until 1926. At that time, another residence on Poggenpohl Street was also converted. In 1944, Laredo Sector Headquarters was again moved to the old Reuthinger home on Callaghan Street. In 1956, quarters of the Old Fort McIntosh were occupied. Sector headquarters offices were located in the old hospital (in Old Fort McIntosh), where Support activities, Supply Department, Radio Communications, Electronics, and Vehicle Maintenance were housed in modified structures along the reservation.
In June 1970, the sector headquarters and the Laredo Station moved to a new location on Del Mar Boulevard just east of Interstate Highway 35. The Laredo Station was complete with a detention cell and a Sector Communications Center. The sector automotive repair facility, radio repair, car wash, truck storage and indoor pistol range were located in a separate building on the premises. The indoor pistol range was never completed and the area was utilized for storage. A building on the eastern perimeter of the complex provided covered parking for 26 vehicles. It also provided a storage area and was the location of the air conditioner compressor units.
In 1997, the sector headquarters complex was remodeled. The remodeling included additional offices, restrooms, and a lunchroom area to accommodate the increasing support staff. During the remodeling process, sector headquarters was temporarily housed in a lease facility across Del Mar Boulevard until the project was completed.
The Laredo Sector management staff consists of Chief Patrol Agent Robert L. Harris, Acting Deputy Chief John C. Esquivel, seven Assistant Chief Patrol Agents, and one Assistant Director for Mission Support.
Chief Patrol Agent: Robert L. Harris
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Marcos Garcia
Service Area: The Laredo Sector encompasses 116 counties and covers 101,439 square miles of southwest and northeast Texas. The Rio Grande River is both the southwest and international boundary. The Laredo Sector is situated between the Del Rio and Marfa Sectors on the west and the McAllen Sector on the southeast. The northern boundary extends to the Oklahoma border. There are approximately 171 miles of river front between the northwest point of intersection between Webb County lines and the Rio Grande and the southeast corner of Zapata County at a point on Falcon Lake near the Falcon Dam.
Sector Headquarters Location: 207 W. Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, Texas
Stations: The Laredo Sector consists of eight stations, Laredo North, Laredo South, Zapata, Hebbronville, Cotulla, Freer, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.
Contact Information: Phone Number - (956) 764-3200; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 207 W. Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, TX 78041
Community Feedback: We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, we would like to know. If we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know that as well. To comment on the services provided by this office, please write to the Sector Chief Patrol Agent. If you feel you were mistreated by a Border Patrol employee or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a Border Patrol employee, you may write to the Chief Patrol Agent.
Employment Opportunities: To obtain information about employment opportunities with the Border Patrol, you may contact this Sector and ask to speak to a recruiter. Additional recruiter contact information is provided at Locate a Border Patrol Recruiter. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this Web site.
Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Laredo Sector Public Affairs Office at (956) 764-3349 or (956) 764-3041.
Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Laredo Sector at (956) 764-3293 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.