The Deporter: One Agent's Struggle Against the U.S. Government's Refusal to Expel Criminal Aliens [NOOK Book]


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

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440620560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 324 KB

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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Table of Contents

Author's Note     vii
Foreword     ix
The Gratitude List     xiii
Rodolfo and the Problem     1
Ji and an Unapproved Solution     9
Phil and the House of Death     23
Jacqueline and the Dozen Predators on the Loose     39
Houston and the Gold Mine     51
Wareng Chow and the Shock Wave     63
Archimedes Daye and the Suriname Switch     79
Africa and the King of the Beasts     93
Tangipahoa and the Forced Migration     105
Suicide Simmons and the Coercion, Forgeries, and Lies     119
Philadelphia and the Fifty-three Bastards     131
Dragan Madunic and the Tense Checkpoint     147
Videl Santos and Exactly What We Knew Would Happen     165
Life on Edge and the Personal Reckoning     175
Bobby and the Hunt for Rodolfo     185
Hambrick Ramkishun and the Dirty Payback     197
HQ and the Double Damnation     209
Craig and the Unavoidable End     215
Word on Accuracy     221
Glossary     223
Index     229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Great read! i loved 'The Deporter.'

    this book is awesome! before i read this book, i was for lax-security on our borders. now, i would like much tighter control on our borders. the author, holbrook, calls it like it is. in his very exciting novel about his years as a deportation officer, he paints us a terrible picture of the state our deportation office. basically, we are helpless against certain types of violent criminal aliens, awful immigrants who come to the united states and act out violent and heinous crimes towards americans. we've all got to wake up and do something about our deportation policies. it's ridiculous what's happening. i recommend getting this book. read it! and if you think i'm a conservative, talking about bad immigration this and bad immigration that - you're wrong. i'm an immigrant myself, i'm from the philippines. and to complete this review, my taste for novels includes james patterson and joseph wambaugh's work. i love those authors. and holbrook's novel has that same grittiness, with irony and humor sprinkled over very serious law man and criminal realities. but holbrook's rivetting story means more to us because it isn't fiction. this government mess is real. again, i highly recommend learning what's going on and reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Hugely Enjoyable and Hugely Important. Read and Share

    My eyes have been opened, and The Deporter is a brisk page-turner as well. Holbrook's story will terrify you, even as you stand in admiration for his cunning, his deviousness, his single-mindedness of purpose, and his unquestionable patriotism. This book should also motivate spread the word. Perhaps we, as the voting public, can change things if we pressure our politicians on this issue. I learned, and was shocked to discover, that we have monsters in our midst that our government, in its ineptitude, has forced agents like Holbrook, who are supposed to be our protectors, to release upon our streets. Holbrook broke all the rules, in an attempt to staunch some of this hemorrhage. As I read, I began to own sister, or mother, or child, 'or yours' could be living next to the next rapist or child molester or killer that is reluctantly released by Deportation Officers, by order of the Federal government. Holbrook's writing is extremely lucid and fast-paced. He gives all the details needed 'but no more than necessary' to paint a very real picture of his exciting and excruciating experience. I am dying to share some of the delightful and inventive ploys that he came up with to save us from our own government's policies, but I won't spoil your terrific surprise. I also really appreciated Holbrook's way with words. He frequently made me think 'and sometimes laugh or almost-I'm a guy- cry' with his interesting analogies and word choices. Hoping for more to come from this very gifted writer. Enjoy The Deporter!

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