Making A Difference - One Life At Time
by Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Luis A. Solis
published November 2015
The Border Patrol is huge about community
outreach and its agents giving back to the communities
they currently live in or have lived in.
I followed this advice and went to conduct a
presentation at a local high school in Brownsville,
Texas where I grew up. I started by providing
an Operation Detour RGV presentation
and then gave my personal testimony about
how I grew up surrounded by gangs and near
the river where alien smuggling was active. I
spoke about how the Border Patrol Agents that
patrolled the area I lived in would take a few
minutes to talk to us kids in the neighborhood.
That made a huge impact on my life and the
career path which I chose to follow.
Currently criminal organizations are targeting
our youth even more than before. During my
presentation I stressed to the kids about reaching
out to their family members, educators, and
law enforcement about the different options in
life and to not fall victim to the lies they are
Once I completed my presentation, I was approached
by a young man who was growing up
in the same situation I had grown up in.
He then told me how when he would see
agents patrolling he would wonder what the job
However, afraid about the consequences of
being seen talking to a law enforcement officer,
he was hesitant to approach them to ask questions.
He thanked me for conducting the presentation.
We sat and talked for about thirty minutes
about the job and life in general. I could tell
he was listening and that he was in the same
situation I grew up in. He shook my hand and
thanked me for taking the time and said 'maybe
we will be patrolling the same area someday'.
I walked away thinking hopefully, this is that
instance where I made a difference in someone's
life as someone did in mine.