El Paso Sector Launches Annual Border Safety Initiative
EL PASO, Texas—The U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector and other local, state and federal agencies, along with the Government of Mexico, joined together to host the annual “Border Safety Campaign” on Tuesday, June 14 in east El Paso.
The goal of this year’s BSI campaign is to raise awareness in border communities about the dangers posed by the swift-moving water canal systems, and the extremely dangerous desert terrain with a hope of helping preserving human life.
This multi-agency event highlights the bilateral agreement between the El Paso Sector Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit (ILU), Instituto Nacional Migratorio (INAMI), the Consulate General of Mexico, and other local law enforcement entities that co-exist on the border to work help protect residents who are unaware of the dangers that exist.
Personnel from the U.S. Border Patrol, INAMI and EPFD re-affirmed their commitment to public safety as they addressed attendees at the event about of the hazards of entering swift-moving water, and navigating though desert areas to cross the border illegally, or for recreational purposes. Demonstrations during the event included a swift-water demonstration by the U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team, with assistance by the El Paso Branch of Air and Marine Operations (AMO).
Since 1998, the BSI’s bi-national strategy has made a diligent effort to reduce deaths and warn migrants about the many dangers the face along the southwest border. Under BSI, the U.S. Border Patrol has produced and distributed numerous public service announcements (PSAs), including “No Mas Cruces en Las Fronteras,” “Migra Corridos,” “No Te Engañes” and “No Trafiques Vidas.” This year’s message illustrated the dangers of crossing the border where the risk of injuries, mortality or falling under the prey of smugglers are always present.
The success of the BSI program represents the standards and goals towards a safer and more secure environment for all people in our border communities.