Recent Texas Observer News Story Spotlights Attorney Roberto M. Garcia’s Work
“CBP’s internal affairs office had built a file on Peña with allegations that included displaying a “lack of candor” — federal law enforcement parlance for not fully disclosing the truth — and for “harbor[ing] a UDA,” an undocumented alien, who happened to be his wife, a Mexican citizen. A CBP disciplinary board had initially recommended firing Peña because of the findings, but his punishment was later reduced to a 14-day work suspension, which he finished three months before he was spotted at Academy.”
In 2009, Manuel (Manny) Pena a career U.S. Customs Inspector was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs (CBP/IA) in Houston, Texas for allegations that he was married to an Undocumented Alien. In 2010, the investigation resulted in three charges filed against Pena and a proposal to remove (terminate) him from Federal Service. The charges were Improper Association with an Illegal Alien, Lack of Candor and Misuse of the TECS system. Pena then hired Edinburg attorney Roberto M. Garcia to represent him in the removal proceedings. Mr. Garcia investigated the case and submitted a written reply and an oral reply on Pena’s behalf. Mr. Garcia successfully reduced the proposed disciplinary action from a removal to a 14 day suspension.
Roberto M. Garcia has more than 15 years of experience representing Federal Law Enforcement Officers. For 13 years he served as the General Counsel to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307 (Rio Grande Valley Sector). Over the years he has assisted Federal Officers/Agents in numerous internal investigations, critical incidents, officer involved shootings, death in custody incidents and charges of misconduct. He has successfully represented Officers/Agents in responding to proposed disciplinary action and in appeals of final disciplinary action before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
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