Laredo, TX - The Rewarding, Education, Attitude, and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) mission concluded under the guidance of Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Community Liaison program together with Interim Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez, and Justice of the Peace Jose "Pepe" Salinas, addressed the students of Class 11 at a ceremony held yesterday. The R.E.A.L. mission program was created and implemented in 2010, due to an increase need for a community program that would mentor the youth that have been designated as at-risk students.
A total of 6 students that were mandated by Judge Salinas, attended the eight-week program graduated after successfully completing the program. The curriculum consisted of class sessions, held twice a week with the agents, where they received instruction on ways to build a better future and tools to ensure their success in all their future endeavors.
The assistance and collaboration of community and law enforcement partners like IBC, Justice of the Peace Salinas, Webb County Precinct 4, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, City of Laredo, U.I.S.D. Gang Facilitator, Laredo Fire Department, Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC, South Texas Food Bank, Gateway Community Health Center, Inc., Dr. Ikes, and District Attorney Isidro Alaniz have made this program successful since its inception.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.