Border Patrol educates youth on its mission to keep nation safe

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Border Patrol officials took time out of their busy schedule to speak with community youth about how they protect our border on a daily basis.

The Laredo Sector Border Community Liaison Program took part in the Roberto & Benavides Boys & Girls Summer Youth Program on Tuesday morning.

Children age’s six to 12 got a chance to learn what it takes to be a Border Patrol agent.

Attendees got to see firsthand the type of equipment that agents use out in the field, from utility terrain vehicles to ballistic vests.

Agents also had the opportunity to educate kids on the dangers of smuggling and other illegal activity.

The purpose of the event was to provide kids with a better understanding of how Border Patrol plays a significant role on protecting our border as well as our city.

Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Jose Martinez says, “The BCL program will continue throughout the summer months to highlight the importance of how education plays a key role in making smart and appropriate decisions when confronted with the lore of smuggling.”

Organizers say it was an amazing sense of reality for Laredo’s youth.