Rio Grande Valley Couple Among New Troopers Headed To Border

DPS officials say by this December, the department will have added the 250 troopers ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015.

By Ryan PoppeAugust 22, 2016 9:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio

The Department of Public Safety has added 51 new state troopers to its growing list of officers stationed along the border and of the recent DPS cadet graduating class, two are a husband and wife team from the Rio Grande Valley.

Maira and Enrico Salinas are originally from Edinburg.  Less than a year ago Enrico lost his job in the oil field.  At that time neither one of them thought they would be walking across a stage in Austin to become state troopers, let alone, together.

“I feel so happy that we both did it together, I mean, when we were going through our application they told us, our recruiters told us, ‘It’s never going to happen, no married couple has ever gotten through,” Maira says.

When it came time to choose the area of the state they’d want to be assigned, Enrico says it seemed natural that he and Maira would return to their home in the Rio Grande Valley to help with the state’s ongoing $800-million dollar border security operation.

“I got family ties there, I mean that is all it boils down to, it’s where I’m comfortable and I know a lot of people down there,” Salinas explains.

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