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  Aguirre Jr., Eduardo
NameEduardo Aguirre Jr.
Houston, Texas , United States
Born July 30, 1946 (76 years)
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Nov 21, 2022 05:50pm
Tags Cuban - Hispanic -
InfoEduardo Aguirre, Jr., serves as the first Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Under Secretary rank position in the Department of Homeland Security. Nominated by President George W. Bush to this key leadership position, Director Aguirre was sworn in on August 15, 2003.

At USCIS, Director Aguirre leads a team of 15,000 dedicated employees who serve over 6 million annual applicants seeking immigration benefits. The USCIS basic mission is to ensure the integrity of our immigration system, making certain that the right applicant receives the right benefit in the right amount of time. Under Director Aguirre's leadership, USCIS has made significant and measurable progress towards eliminating the immigration benefit application backlog, improving customer service, and enhancing national security.

For over three decades Mr. Aguirre has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and Asia, promoting economic growth, international trade and business opportunities as a banker, civic leader, and representative of the United States government.

He joined the Department of Homeland Security from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. From December 2001 to December 2002, he served as Acting Chairman of this Federal Agency and guided the Bank through its Congressional reauthorization. During Mr. Aguirre’s leadership the Bank reorganized its structure to become more market focused and customer driven while enhancing risk management.

Prior to joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Aguirre was President of International Private Banking for Bank of America. In this capacity, he ran a highly profitable unit of this industry leader. Over the course of his 24-year career with Bank of America, his team was consistently acknowledged for excellence in customer service and high employee satisfaction.

While residing in Texas, Mr. Aguirre was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System for a six-year term, serving from 1996 - 1998 as chairman. Former President George H. W. Bush honored Aguirre with an appointment to the National Commission for Employment Policy. In 1990, The Supreme Court of Texas appointed him to the State Bar as a non-attorney Director.

His deep commitment to community service is also reflected by his leadership involvement over the years in numerous professional and civic boards, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Texas Children’s Hospital, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Texas Bar Foundation, Operación Pedro Pan Foundation, Bankers Association for Finance and Trade; and the Houston chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, among many others.

In 2005, Mr. Aguirre was bestowed the Order of José Matías Delgado – Grade of Grand Officer – by the Republic of El Salvador. In 2002, he was also bestowed the order of Christopher Columbus – Grade of Grand Officer – by the Dominican Republic. Both Orders are the highest government honors for public sector leaders; they were respectively given, in recognition of his achievements in improving immigration services, and facilitating trade and commerce in the Americas. The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him their 2004 Americanism Medal.

Mr. Aguirre holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s National Commercial Lending Graduate School. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston and the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic. LSU’s Alumni Association and LSU’s College of Business Administration each inducted him into their respective Halls of Distinction in 2004. The International Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award, among other recognitions while the Professional Fraternity Association awarded him its Career Achievement Award.

Mr. Aguirre and his wife, Maria Teresa, each emigrated from Cuba as unaccompanied minors at the age of 15. They maintain their permanent home in Houston, where they have lived for three decades, and now reside in Washington, D.C. The Aguirre’s have two grown children, Eddy and Tessie. In 2001 the Houston Community Partners named Aguirre Father of the Year.



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