Border Patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent Luis E. Barker, who oversees operations along 289 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and is responsible for immigration enforcement in 125,000 square miles of Texas and New Mexico, has been named the Border Patrol’s new deputy chief in Washington.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert S. Bonner, who oversees the Border Patrol, made the announcement yesterday, calling Mr. Barker “an experienced law-enforcement professional and a proven leader.” Mr. Barker has headed the El Paso sector since 1998.
“Deputy Chief Barker brings over 26 years of experience to the CBP headquarters command structure and, with Chief David Aguilar, solidifies the Border Patrol management team,” Mr. Bonner said. Mr. Aguilar, former boss of the Tucson, Ariz., sector, was appointed Border Patrol chief in May — replacing Gus De La Vina, who retired.
As the Border Patrol’s second-highest-ranking official, Mr. Barker will be responsible for assisting in the direction of enforcement efforts of more than 11,000 Border Patrol agents who monitor the nation’s borders between 300 official ports of entry.
Mr. Barker, 55, began his career as a military policeman during a tour in the Army. After leaving the military, he joined the Jersey City Police Department, where he worked as a police officer and detective in the Narcotics Squad.
In 1978, he joined the Border Patrol. During the course of his 26-year career, he has held a wide range of supervisory and leadership positions at Border Patrol stations throughout Texas, at the Border Patrol Academy in Glynco, Ga., and in Washington.
“It is a privilege to serve in this new position. It has been an honor working with the men and women of the El Paso sector,” Mr. Barker said. “I will miss the agents, the community and its leaders with whom I have worked with for so many years.”
Mr. Barker was born and raised in Panama and is married to the former Jacque Witt of Denver, Iowa. He has a daughter, Allison, and a stepson, Michael.
CBP is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security and is charged with the protection of the nation’s borders. It was created in March 2003 with the merger of the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Border Patrol.