Border Patrol

The Border Patrol was established when Congress passed the Labor Appropriation Act of 1924 in response to increasing illegal immigration. In 2003, the U.S. Border Patrol became part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a component of the Department of Homeland Security.

Operation Jump Start

In May, 2006, President Bush ordered a collaborative operation between Border Patrol, the U.S. National Guard, Department of Defense, and the governors of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California. PTRC was involved as a training and housing site.

Blurred Borders

The issue of national security is many-faceted. One of its concerns is keeping the border area safe and free of violence.

helicoptor with men

New Mexico Tech's BORSEC program has a mission to train and educate officers involved in border security to better eliminate and control violent encounters. Some of that training will take place at PTRC.










National border...a step across an invisible line


Time in Playas -
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Links and News

Homeland Security

NM Tech Study of Border Violence

Operation Jump Start (Department of Defense 2006)

Playas Clinic Used by National Guard (National Guard)

New Jersey Troops at PTRC (NJ National Guard)

NJ Trains in NM (NJ National Guard)

"Every town has become a border town and every state has become a border state." -Marsha Blackburn