The Freer Border Patrol Station officially became operational on September 1, 1984, and was given the responsibility of more than 6,157 square miles overseeing five counties to include: Duval County, Jim Wells County, Live Oak County, McMullan County, and Webb County. Freer is uniquely located in the heart of southern Texas, with four vital North American Free Trade Agreement corridors intersecting its boundaries. They are U.S. Highway 281, U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 16 and State Highway 44.
Freer Border Patrol Station (FRR) plays an integral part of the overall National Border Patrol Strategy serving as a secondary line of defense between the border with Mexico and the interior of the United States. FRR ensures that infrastructure, manpower, and technology are operationally deployed in order to interdict illicit traffic at the checkpoint. In addition to checkpoint operations, FRR also conducts Highway and Brush Operations. These operations work simultaneously to deter and detect the illegal aliens, narcotics, and possible terrorists who may attempt to circumvent the station's Area of Responsibility (AOR).
The Freer Border Patrol Station’s Enforcement Plan employs the principles of unity of effort, operational discipline and targeted enforcement to mitigate enforcement risks and reinforce the degree of situational awareness throughout the FRR AOR in synchronization with current Laredo Sector goals and objectives. FRR works to minimize vulnerabilities throughout the AOR, while targeting criminal capabilities with intelligence-driven operations.
Area of Responsibility
Primary operations are conducted at the FRR Checkpoint which is located 43 miles west of Laredo on U.S. Highway 59, where they routinely experience high volumes of commercial traffic. With a focus on border activities, the routine inspection of this traffic goes beyond the normal search for aliens and narcotics to terrorists and their weapons of mass effect.
To assist Border Patrol Agents working the checkpoint, personal radiation detectors and radiation isotope identification devices are deployed while they perform inspection duties. In addition, advanced non-intrusive inspection technology is utilized for the inspection of suspicious cargo or manifests encountered by agents.
Freer Station agents also perform other strategic operational duties which include: roving patrol, sign-cutting/sensor response, as well as assisting area law enforcement agencies. Lastly, FRR has a small prosecutions unit consists of a team of highly trained agents in immigration law and legal representation for the United States. Their primary responsibility is to successfully carry out felony prosecutions of alien smugglers, individuals with prior convictions, and aliens with repeated illegal entries and present the cases to the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division.