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Deputy Assistant Secretary Alonzo Pena, ICE/DHS (retired) is remembered by HAPCOA

January 14, 2019

Alonzo Peña


Mr. Alonzo Peña was the President and Founder of DMEP based in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Peña previously served as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary/Deputy Director of ICE/DHS and also served as the DHS Attaché in Mexico, City, Mexico where he represented the Secretary of Homeland Security to the highest levels of Mexican law enforcement, military and political officials.

Mr. Peña oversaw and directed some 20,000 federal employees and an annual operating budget in excess of $5 billion during his federal executive career and he routinely interacted with Cabinet Level and White House officials as the ICE Deputy Director. Mr. Peña was recognized as establishing and the directing force for the now highly successful DHS Border Enforcement Task Force (BEST) initiative that brought together the combined efforts of hundreds of state, local and federal officers responding to critical incidents and security threats that arise on the highly volatile Southwest border.

Mr. Peña was a graduate of Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas and has completed additional post graduate training at the U.S. Customs Service Graduate School of Management at National-Louis University; the Advanced Executive Leadership Training Course from the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.; and the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Peña was a member of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA).

HAPCOA Panama Chapter: Esteban Blis (US Army-retired), Erik Moncayo (CBP/ US Embassy PTY), Tony Chapa (HAPCOA Executive Director), Alonzo Pena (ICE-retired) and Eddie Dollan (HSI/DHS US Embassy PTY).

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