LAREDO, Texas - For the past six years, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents have overseen a mentoring program that guides students to a positive and rewarding path. The Rewarding Education, Attitude, and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) mission was created by Border Patrol through partnership with former Justice of the Peace Oscar Martinez in 2010 and is currently under the guidance of Judge Jose "Pepe" Salinas.
On March 31, 2016, Class 12 commenced at the Precinct 4 Courthouse. Justice of the Peace Jose "Pepe" Salinas, along with Border Patrol Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, Enrique Martinez, addressed the students at the first class session. A total of 11 students will participate in the eight-week program which consists of class sessions, held twice a week. The students will be mentored on ways to build a better future and will be given the necessary tools to ensure success in their future endeavors.
The assistance and collaboration of community and law enforcement partners have made this program successful since its inception. Partners include IBC, Justice of the Peace Salinas, Webb County Precinct 4, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, City of Laredo, U.I.S.D. Gang Facilitator, Laredo Fire Department, Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC, South Texas Food Bank, Gateway Community Health Center, Inc., Dr. Ike's, Gregory’s Smart Start, and District Attorney Isidro Alaniz.
“We are truly grateful to our community leaders and partners who encourage and support the youth of Laredo and make a difference in their lives,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
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.