On Friday 16 El Centro sector Border Patrol agents graduated from a six-week course to train them in search and rescue techniques. Those agents will form a Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team.
We are pleased the Border Patrol has chosen to expand the BORSTAR program to the Imperial Valley. Frankly, we think the program should have started here, considering how many illegal immigrants die in our canals. Nevertheless, we credit the Border Patrol for implementing a program on a wider scale aimed at increasing border safety and saving the lives of those who cross the border illegally.
We are hopeful the addition of a BORSTAR team here will help Border Patrol in its ongoing efforts to prevent deaths in our deserts and our waterways. No effort can be completely successful, but every effort helps.
It is interesting to see so much national focus on the border this summer. Rarely have we heard of so much communication between federal officials on both sides of the border. The United States and Mexico seem to be spending more time working together on increasing border safety, and that can only be a good thing,