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
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
|RSVP||Credentialed media planning to participate must RSVP by 5 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 17, to Sara Melendez, Sara.firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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
|12:30 p.m.||End of Press Conference|
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.