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Joel Martinez Is New Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector

Joel Martinez, deputy chief patrol agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Joel Martinez has been named deputy chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. 

Martinez replaces Austin L. Skero II, who took over as chief patrol agent in the Laredo Sector about six months ago. 

Martinez joined the Border Patrol in 1992 at the Laredo South Station in the Laredo Sector. He perviously served as patrol agent in charge of the Laredo South Station, executive responsible for the Sector Intelligence Unit, and assistant chief of the Southeast Border Operations division at Border Patrol headquarters. 

Martinez spent much of his 28-year career at the RGV Sector. 

“I am happy to return to the RGV and look forward to continuing the great work underway in the sector,” Martinez said in a statement. “The sector remains the busiest in the nation and I am proud to join dedicated men and women working hard to secure the border in Rio Grande Valley.”

A native of San Benito, Texas, Martinez graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute-Cohort 1503-University of Maryland-Smith School of Business and has a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Ashford University.  

The RGV Sector includes nine stations and 277 river miles and 316 coastal miles.

Brian Hastings Named Chief Border Patrol Agent of Rio Grande Valley Sector

Brian Hastings, the new chief Border Patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Brian Hastings has been named the new chief Border Patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector, CBP announced Wednesday.

Hastings has plenty of experience in executive leadership positions. Most recently, he oversaw daily law enforcement operations at all Border Patrol sectors as chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

A 25-year veteran of the agency, Hastings will be tasked with leading a sector that saw a record number of undocumented immigrant apprehensions.

“Supporting the men and women of the RGV Sector, all of whom accomplished amazing things to secure this nation during a time of an unprecedented crisis, is my priority,” Hastings said in a news release. “RGV agents have been at the epicenter of the crisis throughout and they performed those duties in an outstanding manner.”

Hastings added, “I am committed to doing everything I can to strengthen the already incredible partnerships that my predecessors, current leaders, and agents have formed in the Rio Grande Valley.”

The RGV Sector secures 277 miles of rivers and 316 coastal miles across 34 countries.

Border Patrol Agent Acquitted on Sexual Assault Charge

Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Perez, via Hidalgo County Sheriff Department.

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend in June 2013 has been found not guilty.

Alejandro Perez was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector when he was arrested on sexual assault charges in 2018, KGBT reports.

His then-girlfriend reported the alleged assault nearly five years after she says he became “sexually aggressive towards her” and refused to stop when she said no.

“Alejandro later admitted to raping her through text but he asked her not to report it because he could lose his job,” the prosecutors alleged in a complaint.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Perez is still working as a Border Patrol agent. When he was arrested in March 2018, he was assigned to administrative duties.

Key Border Patrol Sector in Rio Grande Has New Leader

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector has a new leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Kevin W. Oaks took over the helm Sunday, replacing Rosendo Hinojoa, who retired in January, the Brownsville Herald reports.

Oaks will be responsible for more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents and nine stations.

“I look forward to working with my fellow local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agencies to secure our border and improve the quality of life in our communities,” Oaks said.