Mr. Peña is the chairman of the border security and immigration reform subcommittee. He began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a trooper in the Texas Department of Public Safety. His career continued as he became a Special Agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the U.S. Customs Service and was Special Agent in Charge of Investigations in the San Antonio and Phoenix Offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).
In 2008, Mr. Peña served as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where he was the DHS’ senior diplomat and liaison to the government of Mexico. In 2009, Mr. Peña became the Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was the second-in-command to the director of ICE. Today, Mr. Peña serves as President and founder of DMEP Strategic Consultants. DMEP is a professional and independent consulting firm, offering clients the full range of expertise in all aspects of operations related to safety and security solutions.