POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:56am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:57am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY — The U.S. Border Patrol is going one step further to make sure illegal immigrants rethink the decision to cross into the United States. The agency is working closer with other countries, which many illegal immigrants are coming from, and will soon be making public service announcements on the dangers. The announcements will be running on TV and radio stations and informing immigrants about the dangers of crossing the border into the United States. Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rosendo Hinojosa said, "We want to get to the people before they begin their journey, you know here at the border area, they have already committed to entering this country illegally, so we want to communicate to those, we want to be a dinner table discussion when somebody says "You know things are tough in my country, let me go to the United States.", they need to know the risks associated with making that decision.
One of the first countries on board is Guatemala and Alba Caceres of the Guatelmalan Consulate says she is not surprised with the high numbers of their citizens leaving, but they do want to do everything they can to make Guatemalan's to rethinking their decision, "Using the PDA, we are going to help our Guatemalan citizens, informing them what is going on in the U.S. telling them the authorities are not the enemy, they are going to be there if they need any assistance." Along with PDA's the Border Patrol will continue to focus on areas where illegal immigrants are known to travel. The plan to add even more emergency beacons for people in need of help.