Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Who Is David Aguilar?

Sunday, January 01, 2012
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country, has a new leader. David V. Aguilar, who has worked on border enforcement for more than thirty-three years, has been named CBP Acting Commissioner in the wake of the refusal of Senate Republicans to hold a hearing on President Obama’s nomination of Alan Bersin to the post. Effective January 1, 2012, Aguilar will be in charge of more than 20,000 uniformed agents.
Born in December 1955 near Rio Grande City, Texas, Aguilar earned an Associate Degree in Accounting at Laredo Community College, and attended Laredo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Spring Class of 1999.
Aguilar joined the United States Border Patrol in June 1978 at Laredo, Texas, where he served as first line supervisor, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge. From January 1988 to August 1996, Aguilar served as Patrol Agent in Charge of three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas (1988-1992), Rio Grande Valley (1992-1995) and Brownsville (July 1995-August 1996), which was the largest Border Patrol Station in the Central Region.
From August 1996 to November 1999, Aguilar served as Assistant Regional Director for the Border Patrol in the Central Region of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). From December 1999 to June 2004, he was the Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector, where he had more than 2,000 Border Patrol Agents and over 200 support personnel under his command, spread out over eight geographically dispersed Border Patrol Stations along 261 miles of the Arizona/Mexico border. The year 2004 was a banner one for Aguilar: in March he was designated as the Border and Transportation Security Integrator for Arizona Border Control Initiative, and on July 1, he took over as Chief of the United States Border Patrol, in charge of more than 12,000 Border Patrol Agents nationwide. He was also elected President of the Southern Arizona Federal Executive Association.
As Border Patrol Chief, Aguilar became the target of the anger of the National Border Patrol Council (the union representing border patrol officers), which passed a resolution of “no-confidence” in him because he supported the 2007 prosecution and jury trial conviction  of two border patrol agents who in 2005 had shot an unarmed illegal alien and then covered up the shooting.
After six years as Chief of the Border Patrol, Aguilar was named Deputy Commissioner of (CBP) on April 11, 2010, serving as Chief Operating Officer and overseeing the daily operations of CBP’s 57,000-employee workforce and managing an operating budget of more than $11 billion.
Aguilar and his wife, Bea, were married circa 1975, and have three children and three grandchildren.
-Matt Bewig

Border Patrol Battle: Agents Express a Lack of Confidence in their Chief (by Tim Vanderpool, Tucson Weekly) 


Mike 11 years ago
clearly! none of you know this man! david aguilar is the hope this country needs. get the facts.
NBPC 11 years ago
the hubris of david aguilar knows no bounds saturday, 31 december 2011 at a time of drastic budget cuts and curtailed enforcement by the bureau he heads, david aguilar sees fit to waste taxpayer dollars for his own change of command ceremony. surely he deserves it, as he has gutted the morale of his troops; proposed and implemented policies that slashed their pay; lowered the hiring standards and shortened the academy in order to reach an unrealistic hiring goal and receive an excessive bonus while at the same time destroying the integrity of the border patrol; shilled for amnesty for illegal aliens; and received the only "no confidence" votes by the rank-and-file agents in the history of the us border patrol. aguilar must be also overlooking the fact that he is merely the acting commissioner of customs and border protection. it is reflective of the agency as there are far too many people in acting positions, marking time, afraid to make decisions, and generally passing the buck. aguilar will be a perfect fit for today's american government. he will check the day's prevailing political winds and adjust his positions accordingly. congress will have no better friend if they are intent on pursuing the dual goals of demonizing federal workers and rewarding illegal aliens with amnesty. enjoy your change of command ceremony david aguilar, as you allow the years of good work by border patrol agents to be for naught. you certainly deserve everything coming to you.
Dave Francis 11 years ago
rep. michele bachmann strong on the illegal immigration occupation. all the republicans who are speaking out on the core issues have approached the alarming problem of illegal immigration in different ways. former house speaker newt gingrich has already presented himself as a passive politician and caused public uproar. we already have government policies with court enacted laws forcing the 50 states to extend public assistance programs, opening them up to 20 million plus illegal alien populace within our country. these persons have slipped past border agents or jetted here from other nation and then we are forced to support them? gingrich, as a potential president paralyzed a large proportion of his audiences prior to the iowa caucus, stating he would even entertain some path to legitimacy, but devoid of citizenship. this is certainly not agreeable with the millions in the tea party member, as this would just pilot to an even larger avalanche of poor people from other countries. mitt romney and michelle bachmann jumped, almost instantly on gingrich plan as “amnesty” which it most certainly is, as it just adds up to pardoning people who criminally stole in this country, without permission. america's 'iron lady" bachmann is a strong supporter of american rights, and stood firm against raising the debt ceiling, has shown determination in throwing out the old tax system and producing a new code that relinquishes the hold of special donor privileges and subsidies for mega corporations. her main event is to reduce the size of government, so they once again are 'the people's servants, not the opposite. forthcoming also will be to return government agencies to the power of state governments. illegal immigration will become a thing of the past, by building the real fence and throwing uncooperative business owners into prison, instead of fining them. that is what immigration laws are for and must be observed. anybody who thinks that a poorly secured border is not going to lure, as a temptation in running the enforcement gauntlet needs to see a shrink? each year “the pew research center” estimates 500.000 none-tracked people arrive here either by plane or slip past the open areas, not covered by the border fence. how can anybody say that theses impoverished people are not going to take advantage of gingrich formula? after reagan's 1986 amnesty the numbers climbed dramatically, because of rampant fraud and a disinterested administrations that should have prosecute business who hired foreigners. george bush passed the 2006 secure fence act, but as of today, the money was never appropriated. consider these facts; if congress was unwavering in halting illegal immigration, they would have passed laws to make it a—felony. additionally if congress had the desire to eventually close the border tight, the 2006 secure fence would have already been completed, as two fences parallel to each other and decked with concertina razor wire? those two enforcement laws, would also kept the criminals out and allowed the us border patrol to rove in between the fences rapidly, to apprehend foreign nationals? new tea party leaders will ensure no amnesties, no sanctuary cities or dream acts. governors, judges, chief of police or lower official will be prosecuted for any misconduct of the 1986 irca laws, together with loss of federal funding. the current questionable push by the liberal press is illegal aliens do pay taxes. yes many do, but they are using either a stolen social security numbers, or an irs number known as an itin number. a substantial motivation is they have no choice, if they want to get on a payroll job? then according to the 'heritage foundation' the amount of $113 billion dollars goes to subsidize illegal aliens from taxpayers and every year that amount is rising. as released by the irs, illegal immigrants are returned 4.5 billion in child/parent tax credits. little known is that foreign invaders send out of the country annually to foreign banks, between 40-46 billion dollars. yes! they do pay taxes, but it hardly reduces the money extorted from federal and state taxpayers for children of illegal aliens. money going to educate, the massive health care deficit and an overpopulated prison system filled with drug dealers, murderers, rapists, pedophiles and a growing percentage of hit and run drunken drivers; those that are caught. we have a new sordid problem that is rising from the gutter. that judicial watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption has revealed its 2011 list of washington’s “most wanted corrupt politicians.” the members of the obama administration on the list, in alphabetical order, include: attorney general eric holder; read about eric holder’s connection with acorn, the voter fraud organization and the gun running scandal—’fast and furious.” president barack obama questionable association with acorn, ahcoa (affordable housing centers of america), the renamed acorn housing organization which has a long history of corrupt activity and other illicit association, costing billions of taxpayer dollars. department of homeland security secretary janet napolitano: while attorney general eric holder was busy suing states fighting to shelter themselves from uncontrolled illegal immigration in 2011, homeland security secretary janet napolitano has overseen a campaign to bypass congress and provide amnesty to millions of illegal alien invaders, all in an evident attempt to acquire more votes for obama’s reelection. make the time to read the facts of governmental corruption by typing in google—judicial watch. just remember this information will be concealed by the democrats, as they have proved over and over again, that they are not disinclined to manipulating voter registrations—even to letting non-citizens vote. e-verify “the legal workforce act" at the very least, it is a step in the right direction to obstruct illegal labor from taking american jobs. even if e-verify has some flaws and some illegal aliens can obtain employment, but it won't last very long before new upgraded version of e-verify will be able to detect criminal alien workers. ice has already gained the implementation of mississippi’s drivers licensing bureau, so as citizens we should demand that every state vehicle department give ice the directive to access their photo id databases, to cross reference with all hired workers being confirmed using e-verify. those hired illegally will be caught eventually when the irregularities are corrected and ice auditors return to a previous company. it's better to have something as a deterrent, than to have nothing at all. what requires further action is a bill sponsored by steve king’s (r-ia) birthright citizenship act of 2011 (h.r.140) would amend the law so the unborn babies of illegal aliens smuggled calculatedly through borders or by international flight are ineligible for citizenship. the cost to hospitals and an array of welfare payments and entitlements is the most costly for us taxpayers totaling billions of more dollars. this is another demand, you should make of the politicians who represent your state. this is the time before the outcome of the 2012 election to pass the above mentioned laws, as it is critical to the well-being of every american worker. you can adjoin the tea party and demand from both senators and house representatives the passage of these laws, by calling the washington phone center at 202-224-3121 in conclusion the tea party doesn't discriminate against any nationality or race, as this is an offensive plan by the democrats to demoralize the alternative party who are strictly against illegal immigration—legal immigration. the tea party openly welcomes those who patiently legally wait their turn, in becoming part of the opportunity that is america. those who coveted their freedom better be aware that under the obama regime, the dark shadows within his administration have slowly destabilized the foundation of the us constitution and its purpose. of course we need tourists, but we also need profession highly skilled legal immigrants. but the tourists and passengers need to be tracked, because 42 percent of arrival overstay there visa's and remain here--indefinitely they are just as guilty of immigration violations , as illegal alien border crossing. no copyright, ever! 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Dave 11 years ago
is this man another obama stooge looking the other way while our countries laws are undermined by illegal aliens ?

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