The U.S. Border Patrol is celebrating 93 years of service to U.S. Citizens.
On May 30, 2017, Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia honored the Border Patrol by proclaiming May 28th as ‘Border Patrol Day’.
U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Manuel Padilla Jr. said, “The history of the Border Patrol Mounted Guards actually goes back to the very early 1920’s.”
On May 28, 1924, the Border Patrol was officially created. With more than 20,000 agents it has grown to become one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country.
“We started with about 450 officers. These officers, in order to become patrol inspectors at that time, they had to have their own horse, their own saddle and bring their own equipment to bear.” Said Chief Padilla.
A lot has changed over the last 93 years. The agency has gone from horses and binoculars, to using the latest technology to continue their same mission of border security. And here in the city of Edinburg, they play a vital role in more than just the safety of our communities.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia said, “It means jobs, it means economic impact. And, of course, increased safety and security for our citizens. It’s nice to have them here in our city, because it’s a presence that I think deters just that by itself.”
As for the future of the Border Patrol, Chief Padilla says the focus is on transforming the border into a more secure area.
In the city of McAllen, Mayor Jim Darling also proclaimed May 28th as ‘Border Patrol Day’.