Border Patrol's Real Mission Program Mentors Students

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POSTED: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:28am

UPDATED: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 12:29pm

Nine Valley high school students have graduated from the U.S. Border Patrol's Real Mission Program geared to mentor at risk youth.

The graduating class is the first ever in the Valley. The students appeared before Honorable Judge Toribo Palacios a little more than a month ago facing charges and fines for various misdemeanors before they were mandated to participate in the Real Program. Various law enforcement agencies participated in helping the teens out during mentoring sessions and weekend group activities that consisted of giving back to the community. Some of the students are thankful they took part and say they have a better outlook on life.

Border Patrol Chief Rosendo Hinojosa hopes to expand the program across the Valley and already have 12 students chosen for the next mentoring class.

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DEAR CHIEF HINOJOSA, I WRITE AS A VERY CONCERNED GRANDMOTHER OF A 16 YR.OLD BOY WHO HAS GROWN UP IN A CUSTODY BATTLE between his parents,he is presently living with his father in mcallen and in that year has been caught smoking pot, and worst of all last time was caught in high school parking lot. this has happened since he chose to come live with dad because he says dad gives him more freedom and lets him make own choices, treats him like an adult. he has since grown to disrespect his parents.

CONGRATULATIONS THIS PROGRAM WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO OUR COMMUNITIES. HOPE YOU CAN SPREAD PROGRAM TO LAREDO, TEXAS.

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