He is considered to be one of the most decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and on Feb. 22 and 23, Hipolito Acosta gave a few personal presentations on how he rose as a first generation Mexican-American citizen to ranking as a key special agent for the Department of Homeland Security.
Acosta spoke of his career operations at three EPCC locations: Northwest campus, Transmountain campus and Valle Verde campus.
Hipolito Acosta, former key special agent for the Department of Homeland Security.
He had served 30 years working for the U.S. government, first as a border patrol agent and then working his way up as an undercover agent.
Once Acosta retired, he was at liberty to finally publish his three memoirs which give great detail of his most famous undercover operations and cases, including the arrests of human smuggling tycoons and infamous drug cartel lords.
Head Librarian at the Northwest Campus, Lorely Ambriz, invited Acosta and collaborated with both Transmountain and Valle Verde to have him present.
“I decided to invite Acosta because I was familiar with his work, I also thought he would be of interest for our community and students especially with the current situation involving our border, including the wall debate,” Ambriz said.
“Though Mr. Acosta does not have a solution to these controversies, he speaks about his own personal experiences.”
Head Librarian at Valle Verde, Oscar Baeza, said, “It’s really for our students, they will get to learn about issues that we see every single day living here at the border.”
Acosta’s 30-minute presentation, including a 10-minute Q&A, covered topics from human trafficking to Trump’s executive orders involving border security and DACA.
“I served 13 years outside our country and was truly honored to represent each and every one of you out there, I realized the magnitude of the opportunities we have in this country,” Acosta said.
He shared that many of his experiences, which involved formal meetings with prestigious officials like both presidents of Mexico and The United States, have “deeply humbled him.”
In addition to Acosta’s literary success, his memoirs are currently in the process of becoming a television series.
“I told him [producer Moctesuma Esparza] in the contract that if they were going to portray a Latino federal agent, it will be done as one who will be a model for other Latinos throughout the country,” Acosta said.
Hannah Perches, theater major, found that Acosta’s presentation struck a cord with her, “My father was a border patrol agent and as a Latino, I would want him to receive that same honor Mr. Acosta spoke of.”
Acosta’s memoirs are currently available for check-out at EPCC Northwest, Transmountain, Valle Verde and Mission campus libraries. They are also available for purchase online.