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Laredo Sector Border Patrol to host Demonstration and Media Guided Tour followed by A Press Conference highlighting dangers of illegally entering U.S.

Release Date: 
April 14, 2017

LAREDO, TEXAS– The United States Border Patrol will discuss dangers of crossing the border this week by highlighting our Border Safety Initiative (BSI). The Border Safety Initiative is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce migrant deaths and make the border safer for agents, border residents, and migrants. Additionally, Laredo Sector will hold a local press availability to discuss the BSI. Our Border Patrol BORSTAR (Search Trauma and Rescue) agents, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Border Patrol Marine unit will be on hand to provide a mock water and land rescue demonstration.

The BSI was implemented on June 16, 1998, building on the longstanding public safety and humanitarian measures practiced by the United States Border Patrol. The intent of the initiative is to educate and inform potential migrants of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.

BSI PRESS AVAILABILITY

WHO Jaime Fierro
Acting Division Chief, Laredo Sector
WHAT Border Safety Initiative (BSI)
WHERE Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
Media check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. (CDT)
WHEN Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
(Press Event by Boat Ramp)
5102 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, Texas
RSVP Credentialed media planning to participate must RSVP by 5 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 17, to Sara Melendez, Sara.melendez@dhs.gov.

DETAILS

  • U.S. Border Patrol BORSTAR (Search Trauma and Rescue) agents, EMT and Border Patrol marine unit will be on hand to provide a mock water and land rescue demonstration. Static displays will be exhibited.
  • Still and video photography will be permitted.
  • Members of the media please dress comfortably with proper walking shoes and clothing.

Agenda is as follows:

09:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Media/ Participants Arrives to Lake Casa Blanca event by boat ramp) 5102 Bob Bullock Loop
10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. 1.5 mile hike
10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Capabilities demonstration of U.S. Border Patrol BORSTAR (Search Trauma and Rescue) agents, EMT
11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Border Patrol marine unit will be on hand to provide a mock water rescue demonstration. Static displays will be exhibited by Special Operations Detachment, Horse Patrol and EMTs.
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Press Conference
Jaime Fierro, Acting Division Chief

Topics:

  • BSI
  • BORSTAR Static Displays
  • Horse Patrol Unit
12:30 p.m. End of Press Conference
Last modified: 
April 18, 2017