An Interview with Hipolito Acosta

Mr. Acosta has 30 years of experience in U.S. immigration enforcement


Mr. Acosta has 30 years of experience in U.S. immigration enforcement

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In his 30 years working with the U.S. government, Hipolito Acosta was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to a key position in the Department of Homeland Security.

His domestic career included front line roles in the fight against alien smuggling in key positions such as Criminal Investigator in Chicago, Special Agent with the El Paso District and Border Patrol Sector, and Supervisory Special Agent in Brownsville, Texas.

Heading a district that covered forty-two countries, Acosta oversaw high-profile investigations and successful undercover missions involving illegal operations in Central America, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East.

Acosta is also the author of The Shadow Catcher, which recounts his undercover work descibed in the videos below. He is currently working on a follow up book covering different operations from his years of experience.




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An Introduction to Hipolito Acosta

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Author of the Shadow Catcher

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Human Smuggling and the Mexican Cartels

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Mexican Cartels in the United States

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Combating Human Smuggling: Internal Enforcement

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Combating Human Smuggling: Extending the Borders

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Operation Bus Bound

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Operation Seek and Keep

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Smugglers Motivated by Greed, Not to Help Migrants

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Local Law Enforcement and Immigration Law

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Concerns with the Formation of DHS

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