POSTED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:27am
EDINBURG- The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector has a new chief in town. His name is Rosendo Hinojosa--he's from Laredo but he's no stranger to the Valley. Hinojosa has 25 years working on the Border Patrol, and six of those years were spent in the Valley.
He has some solutions regarding gaps along the border walls. Some of the gaps are between Rio Grande City and in La Joya and those city's in between experience spikes, drug smuggling and shootings consistently. He didn't release exactly what kind of strategies he will execute to curb it, but guarantees a change.
"There's going to be an increase in the man power in the McAllen station and make sure they are focused in those problematic areas. even the McAllen station has a fencing but they don't have it throughout their area. we are going to be changing our tactics and obviously i don't want to give the people that are operating in these areas an advantage to counter what we're going to be doing but i can guarantee you that we are going to be taking a new approach there," said Hinojosa.
He told News Center 23 other new initiatives that he plans to accomplish is creating community outreach programs, in hopes it will prevent our youth from joining any type of drug cartel.
" To give them the information that they need but once they cross that bridge you know there's no coming back. there's no retirement plan as an alien as a smuggler as a narcotic smuggler you got three options you either never get caught, or get caught and go to prison you don't deliver a load when your suppose to and the next thing you know we're discovering a body somewhere i mean those are the harsh realities of the narcotic trade," said Hinojosa.
We asked the new chief how he felt performing his job knowing that many people come through our borders illegally looking for work and a better life, if it has any impact on him being Hispanic.
"We have a job to do. but we got to do it in a manner that is respectful of their dignity of that individual in-front of us. and that they have a right that they are entitled to and that they are not violated," said Hinojosa.