MCALLEN, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector helped make Christmas a little brighter by giving gifts to immigrant children at the Centralized Processing Center on Friday.
“These children are thousands of miles from home, and most of them are essentially alone for the holidays as they came here without their parents or another family member,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “Christmas is a tough time to be without your family, so management at the CPC got together and raised money to purchase gifts for the kids and help make Christmas better for them.”
With beaming smiles and excited cheers, the children greeted Santa Claus as he arrived on Christmas Day to deliver the gifts and homemade treats that were baked by the wives of Border Patrol agents.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.