Sergio A. Tinoco

Sergio A. Tinoco has 12 articles published.

Sergio A. Tinoco is the author of Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent and has joined HSToday as a columnist to provide insights and facts about the conditions, challenges, and humanity of the situation on our southwest border. Tinoco started his journey to America as a poor migrant worker of Mexican descent, having to pick crops for a living from the age of 7. As a way to break from the family cycle of farm labor and depending on government welfare programs, he joined the United States Army and served 10 years on active duty. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina shortly after the Bosnian War only to find and deal with the aftermath of the genocide that took place there and be caught in the middle of several attacks. His experiences in Bosnia ultimately led to experiencing signs and symptoms related to PTSD. After completing 10 years of military service, Sergio joined the U.S. Border Patrol. Being of Mexican descent and having family in South Texas and in Mexico introduced new issues of having to counter threats against his family and ill-willed opinions of him for arresting and deporting “his own kind.” He is currently serving as a Border Patrol agent, and all observations and columns are his own and not endorsed by CBP or the Border Patrol. Sergio A. Tinoco was born and raised in Rio Grande Valley, commonly known to them as RGV. As a child, he had gone through many struggles. Having to come up with a big decision to leave his family behind at such a young age, Sergio began to live a dangerous life in the battlefield with the US Army. Between the Army and the DHS, he has worked in government service for over twenty years. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management. His wife, also a military veteran, works for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Together, they strive to provide greater opportunities and aspirations to their kids.

PERSPECTIVE: Put Yourself in the Shoes of the Law Enforcement Family

Why are you being attacked now? Why were your friends killed at work? Are you next?

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PERSPECTIVE: Why a Border Patrol Agent of Mexican Descent Is a Proud American

I’ve never stated nor indicated, nor will I ever, that I’m ashamed of my roots or nationality.

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PERSPECTIVE: Looking Behind the Headlines at the Real Border Patrol Agents

What has the public learned about Border Patrol agents just this year alone?

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PERSPECTIVE: Giving Thanks for the CBP Agents and Officers Who Give Back

We should be proud of the oath we’ve taken that guides us to give everything to protect our country.

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PERSPECTIVE: The Oath That Molds the Border Patrol Agent

I’ve witnessed a compassion and dedication like no other, when it seems the majority of the country is against us.

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PERSPECTIVE: Homefront Love and Support Helps Border Patrol Agents Protect the Homeland

This person carries the weight of the world and ensures there’s a safe haven at the end of each shift.

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PERSPECTIVE: A Border Patrol Agent’s Illegal Father and the Lesson of a Lifetime

None of the agents had ever given him reason to fear, yet he always felt terrified whenever he was caught.

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PERSPECTIVE: ICE Protesters Dishonor the American Flag and Officers Who Risk All

It is our ultimate symbol of love, unites us and grants us the courage to always do our best.

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PERSPECTIVE: No, Your Border Patrol Parent Is Not a Monster

People saying agents are running “concentration camps” for migrants don’t understand the consequences of their words.

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PERSPECTIVE: Get to Know a Border Patrol Agent Before Casting Judgment

U.S. Border Patrol agents give medical aid to a Mexican national

From time to time, because of my job in the Border Patrol, my nationality has been questioned.

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