John C. Esquivel


Mr. John C. Esquivel is a former Chief Executive of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector in Laredo, Texas, with 25+ years of progressive leadership in the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Border Patrol.  He was one of only twenty Chiefs in CBP responsible for preventing the illegal entry of persons and contraband between official U.S. ports of entry.  

​Mr. Esquivel is an accomplished, influential and problem-solving leader who led one of the largest (2,000+ employees, 86K square miles, 101 counties, 171 miles of border) and busiest U.S. Border Patrol sectors.  He transformed new-hires into a world-class workforce and he developed the next generation of Border Patrol leaders; created new enforcement initiatives in collaboration with local, state and Federal law enforcement partners to enhance border security and improve the quality of life of border residents; expanded strategic partnerships with U.S. investigative agencies (FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, OIG, etc.,) and Government of Mexico to target transnational criminal organizations; envisioned and built an intelligence center to collect, analyze and share intelligence with over 200 law enforcement organizations in South Texas; and, deployed state-of-the-art detection technology to detect weapons of mass destruction and contraband.   He established and chaired a delegation of Border Patrol Chiefs and Mexico Consuls General to address and resolve immigration, customs, trade and cross-border transportation issues.  He was appointed as a subject-matter-expert to select teams of U.S. – Mexico and U.S. – Canada executives that worked collaboratively to increase border security, open lines of communication, improve working relationships and intelligence sharing, and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.  He also served on the Border Commanders Group (U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. State Department and the Secretariat of National Defense for Mexico's Army and Air Forces) and the Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents in Charge and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agents executive Council.

Mr. Esquivel planned, coordinated and executed large, complex, multi-agency, bi-national enforcement operations and has taught foreign law enforcement executives at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest, Hungary, and U.S. military leaders at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

​His in-depth experience, situational awareness of the border, keen understanding of border dynamics, and extensive command experience (field, regional and headquarters) solving some of the most complex challenges along the U.S. – Mexico border makes him a recognized expert in border security.