LAREDO, TEXAS—With more than 37 million youth and adults participating at over 3.5 million workplaces each year, the Laredo Border Patrol Sector participated in the annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day on April 29, 2013 . The kids had an opportunity to learn the variety of programs within the Laredo Border Patrol Sector and explore the different static displays that were showcased at the event. This year's theme was: "Work in Progress," which focused on exploring the future dreams of the children and motivating them to think about the many global opportunities awaiting them.
The day began with over 30 wide-eyed children and teenagers listening in on classroom instruction and lectures provided by program managers. Each supervisor educated the children on their daily duties and operations. Laredo Sector Acting Chief John C. Esquivel spoke on the importance of staying in school and getting an education. "Thank your parents for keeping you safe, listen to them, do your homework and say your prayers every night" remarked John C. Esquivel, Acting Chief Patrol Agent of the Laredo Sector in his welcoming remarks.
After the classroom instruction concluded, the hands on demonstrations initiated. The children were escorted outside for various static displays and live demonstrations that included: The Laredo Sector Mustang Crossfit program, K-9 presentation, CBP defensive tactics utilizing a padded Red Man Suit, Horse Patrol demonstrations, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) explaining life saving techniques. The children enjoyed all the presentations but favored the pepper ball launch and zip line demonstrations given by the Sector Special Operations Group. This fun-filled event concluded with a certificate presentation to each of the participants.
The opportunity to understand the many roles and responsibilities parents play every day for the Border Patrol mission was the reason why this event was planned-and for those in attendance the success of the day was evident. Each child left with a broader knowledge of what their mom or dad do when they go to work.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Border Patrol Sector toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
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.