Local Land Owners Invited to Headquarters to Discuss Border Issues
DEL RIO, Texas – Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz invited several local ranch owners and law enforcement officials from the Comstock, Del Rio, Brackettville and Rocksprings areas to a meeting at the Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Headquarters, Aug. 27.
Close to 90 people attended the meeting, where Chief Ortiz welcomed them and expressed thanks for the continued support from land owners and law enforcement officials in the Del Rio area. “We cannot do this alone,” said Chief Ortiz. “Only through a unity of effort, which involves the entire community working together, can we achieve true control of our border area.”
Chief Ortiz gave statistical updates on the Del Rio Sector’s activity along the border, and provided insight into the sector’s plans to improve relationships with ranchers. In part, this involves the enhancement of an already successful Ranch Liaison Program, in which specially assigned agents establish and maintain regular contact with rural residents and landowners, on whose land Border Patrol agents must patrol every day. “Building strong relationships with you is extremely important,” said Chief Ortiz. “You all are our eyes and ears out there, so please call us, call your station’s representatives whenever you see anything, and we will get our people out there.”
Chief Ortiz answered many questions from the group, ranging from the ongoing humanitarian crisis to concerns over the disruption of hunting activities. Station leadership and Ranch Liaison agents from the Rocksprings, Comstock, Brackettville and Del Rio stations were present and assisted in answering questions. They also made themselves available for one-on-one discussions after the presentation.
Earlier in August, Chief Ortiz held a similar meeting with ranchers from the Eagle Pass area.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.