We kicked off our special two-part story, ‘Band of Badges’ last night. We introduced you to Los Federales, a unique music group made up of men whose primary job is to keep our country safe.
Our News Center 23’s Emily Jimenez brings you the second and last installment of ‘Band of Badges’.
They are Los Federales, performing at Brownsville’s National Night Out. A true representation of law enforcement joining the community. Something this group of Customs and Border Protection Officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents are more than used to doing by now.
Amador Carbajal, U.S. Border Patrol says, “We’ve been doing it for four years now. We’ve done Charro Days parade, for about four to five years already, we play for schools, schools will call us for outreach events, we’ve done Red Ribbon Week.”
Band leaders Amador Carbajal with U.S. Border Patrol and Manny Maldonado with Customs and Border Protection believe the outreach community band Los Federales is doing more than just a service when going out to the community.
Chief Manny Maldonado says, ” When we got on stage, I don’t feel like I’m in uniform, it just feels like I’m part of the community. It shows that you know what, I’m the father, the brother, the son, like everybody else out there to show them that we’re at the same level, and that we can communicate and that we’re here to serve our country not only protecting our border but also protecting everybody that’s already in the United States.”
Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz says, “They’ve been supporting the community, they’ve been supporting the D.A’s office in years past. They are always presenting at our victim’s exposition.”
Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz says he’s been welcoming the band to events such as the D.A.’s Victim’s Exposition every year.
“I mean they’re awesome, listen to them. They draw the community. You know, they’re Border Patrol officers you know, so this is really good for the community to see that these people are also members of our community!” said the District Attorney.
And as community members, the agents are making some loved ones very proud.
Irene Lozano, band member’s mother, “He brings me a lot of joy, I always tell him tell me cause I want to go see you.”
Lupita Nieto, band member’s mother, “He makes me very proud of him. I think it’s great that he’s doing this for the community, we work for the community, we help the community, we love the community. I love him very much.”
Amador Carbajal says “When we go out and we play for outreach events , people are kind of like hey these guys know the songs we do, they listen to the same stuff we listen to, they are human, they’re not just out there arresting people and so they find out we do have a family we do have a life and we like doing the things they do.”
District Attorney Luis V. Saenz, “So my hats off to them, I’m a big fan and that’s why I’m here today.”
Los Federales can be requested to play at any of our community events across the Rio Grande Valley.