Border Patrol R.E.A.L Mission Program is Expanded into Starr County

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 8:30am

RIO GRANDE CITY - U.S. Border Patrol is expanding their R.E.A.L Mission program to Starr County. The program helps troubled youths. These kids are in their teens and have been recommended by their school system or juvenile justice systems to participate in this mentoring program.

This class will be the fourth to go through this program with Border Patrol in the Valley. Today was day one, and the message for these teens is already very clear.

"Unfortunately our jails are full and our cemeteries are full of people that made the wrong decision. So we are trying to help them out and guide them in the right direction. Ultimately understanding that they are in control of their decision making process," said Chief Rosendo Hinojosa, U.S. Border Patrol.

This program brings in more than just Border Patrol to help these kids. They will receive help and advice from Customs and Border Protection, The Rio Grande City Mayor, The Starr County Sheriff's Department, local police and many others. 

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