Leadership Las Cruces visits Mexican-American border

Jul 21st, 2013

Class studies community topics

One of the features of this program is that it’s the class’ responsibility to design each month’s agenda. Typically, communi­ty topics include visits to the local nonprofit agencies, animal shelters, etc. – all of which receive support from the community.

This year’s class took a different ap­proach. Participants desired to learn how safe and secure the region is and the steps taken to ensure that safety going forward.

The class heard from two representatives from the local FBI office. The agents talked about law enforcement issues one hears living so close to the
border – drugs, human trafficking and kidnappings, as well as information on hostage negotiations.

The Leadership Las Cruces class commented on how candid the two agents were in discussing work, whether it was how the drug cartels operate or the challenges of working cross-border
crimes and the added complexity of having to satisfy demands of two separate governments.

The afternoon included a trip south to the U.S.-Mexico border, where the class heard from Border Patrol agents who dis­cussed issues related to illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry into the United States. The class also toured the processing center where people trying to get into the country illegally are taken. Again, class par­ticipants said they truly appreciated how forthcoming the agents were, as well as the access they provided.