A view from the inside
As full and part time residents of Arizona, the U.S. border with Mexico is not simply an academic subject. Many of us look forward to vacations and shopping in Mexico. Some seek medical treatment there. We know that there are Americans who choose to retire there.
The border itself is a complicated place where the U.S. Border Patrol works to enforce laws, offer assistance and regulate both legal and illegal crossing. Border Patrol agents find themselves working on the front lines of many recent news stories including increased traffic, border fencing and evolving transnational policy.
Border Patrol Agent Andrew Van Leer, the Community Liaison for the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station, will join us at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, to share his knowledge and experience. His presentation will cover an overview of the immigration process and include a description of the fencing, infrastructure and technology that are used to reduce risk within the border environment. He will also describe humanitarian efforts, including rescue and medical assistance, offered to anyone in need.
The Casa Grande Border Patrol Station was established in 1926. Today, the station’s 500 agents are responsible for over 40 miles of linear border. All of the station's border responsibility and the primary area patrolled by Casa Grande agents are contained within the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.
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