The Deporter: One Agent's Struggle Against the U.S. Government's Refusal to Expel Criminal Aliens by Ames Holbrook, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
The Deporter: One Agent's Struggle Against the U.S. Government's Refusal to Expel Criminal Ali ens

The Deporter: One Agent's Struggle Against the U.S. Government's Refusal to Expel Criminal Ali ens

by Ames Holbrook
     
 

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“We have an immigration crisis in our country, all right, and it is a good deal more demonstrably wrong than the millions of illegal immigrants in the shadows. It is costlier to the fabric of American life than the September 11 attacks were. Illogical, deadly, ruinous. Yet none of our leaders is raising a finger to stop it. On the contrary, it is our leaders who

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“We have an immigration crisis in our country, all right, and it is a good deal more demonstrably wrong than the millions of illegal immigrants in the shadows. It is costlier to the fabric of American life than the September 11 attacks were. Illogical, deadly, ruinous. Yet none of our leaders is raising a finger to stop it. On the contrary, it is our leaders who drive the destruction.”
—Ames Holbrook, from The Deporter

The true story of a dedicated deportation officer and his exposé of the worst aspects of U.S. immigration policy 

As one of fewer than six hundred elite Deportation Officers in the country, Ames Holbrook was assigned to the criminal mecca of New Orleans. He was charged with capturing and expelling some of the most wretched murderers, rapists, and child molesters who were aliens in the United States. 

But Holbrook was thwarted at nearly every turn…by the same U.S. government that employed him. Why? The reasons will shock and infuriate you. 

In the course of his compelling story, you will read the truth about how foreign governments treat the United States when agents such as Holbrook try to send criminal aliens back to their homelands. And, even more appalling, how Washington’s political hypocrisy forces the direct release of these criminals into unsuspecting American communities.

Like every U.S. Deportation Officer, Ames Holbrook tried to make America safer. Then, when America’s leadership threatened the welfare of innocents, Holbrook rewrote the rules. He won commendations and increased responsibility for his promising results, but all the while, he was fighting a losing battle against the political powers that masqueraded as protectors while actually inflicting tragedy on America’s residents. 

It is Holbrook’s hope that the revelations in these pages might put America on a path to a safer future.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Former U.S. deportation agent Holbrook describes his job (a combination of policeman, lawyer and diplomat) in this unsettling memoir. Among its revelations is that America routinely releases illegal aliens who have committed crimes in the U.S. when the criminal fails to confirm his nationality with an official document and foreign consuls won't cooperate. (Cuba, Vietnam and Laos refuse to accept criminal deportees, while China, India, Egypt, all former U.S.S.R. nations and many others simply stall or insist there's no evidence for that person's citizenship.) Holbrook also reveals tricks he invented to deport the worst offenders that would have gotten him fired if discovered. For example, countries show less reluctance with lesser criminals, so in the case of a convicted murderer who also trespassed, he might only mention the trespass. Holbrook stresses that Bush administration officials could force nations to take back their murderers, rapists, thieves or child abusers, but choose not to; nor does the government prevent them from being released back into American communities after they have served their prison time or a portion of it, but deportation has been thwarted. This engrossing but disturbing book may impel some readers to action. (Oct. 4)

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Kirkus Reviews
Smack in the middle of the contentious immigration debate comes this angry indictment of the U.S. government's inability to protect us from criminal aliens already within our border. Holbrook, one of 600 federal officers nationwide charged with the apprehension and removal of aliens found guilty of felonies, resigned after four frustrating years, during which he actually poured more of these miscreants back onto the streets than he managed to deport, notwithstanding his willingness to lie, deceive and bend the rules. His tenure in the famously difficult New Orleans district, however, provided a trove of harrowing war stories, recounted here in hardboiled, high-energy, no-nonsense prose. Though never quite a rogue agent-no bribes or payoffs, no falsely claimed expenses-this self-described "master fabricator" wasn't a choirboy either. Forced to operate in a netherworld between the government's professed goal of deporting criminal aliens and foreign consulates' distaste for accepting their own citizens who, they slyly claim, "learned their criminal ways in the United States," he resorted to a series of questionable stratagems focused on ridding America of as many of these vicious criminals as possible. Frustrated by diplomatic dodges and the felons' own manipulation of the system, Holbrook reserves his greatest disdain for the U.S. government, which he declares the biggest obstacle to stemming the criminal alien tide. Lamenting the notorious Zadvydas decision-which requires the release within six months of predatory aliens who cannot be returned to their home country-he rails against court and command mandates that hamstring agents in the field, against liberals whose misguided sympathiespenalize those who play by the rules and against conservatives who talk a good game about protecting the citizenry from terror, but on whose watch the problem has only multiplied. Not unlike Dirty Harry, this dedicated, flawed agent earns our sympathy, if not our unqualified approval. A penetrating, street-level view of an infinitely depressing and growing problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440620560
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
332 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ames Holbrook was a federal deportation officer from 1998 to 2002, based in New Orleans. Previously, he served in the U.S. Army with a special weapons team in Italy and then with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany. He now writes full time.

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