For six months, Army Captain Matt C. Pinsker was deployed to the Mexican-American border as a member of a unique mission. He and a handful of others were assigned to the Department of Justice as Special Prosecutors to handle the increasing number of immigration cases resulting from President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Once arrived, whether he was out in the field leading investigations or trying cases in the courtroom, Captain Pinsker found himself dead center handling the near-impossible challenges of America’s immigration crisis. Overnight, he was directly involved in family separations, DACA, asylum seekers and refugees, the war on drugs, gun-running, the Mexican cartels, caravans, and human trafficking. And every day, he was making decisions that would permanently affect those whose lives he touched.
In the course of these official interactions, Pinsker experienced some unexpected gut punches. Over weeks, then months, he discovered that the situation at the border was far more dangerous than most Americans realized, simultaneously creating a massive humanitarian crisis both at home and abroad. In this stunning book, Captain Pinsker describes a constant cycle of violence, human trafficking, and drug smuggling. He reveals how vulnerable immigrants are preyed upon and exploited en route to the border. As Captain Pinsker shares what took place on his watch—from separating refugee families to protecting them from the barbarism of Mexican drug cartels—he delivers a powerful wake-up call to the nation, along with an indictment of America’s failure to fix its broken immigration system and truly secure its border.
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About the Author
Matt C. Pinsker is a Captain and Judge Advocate (JAG) in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized by the Department of Defense and attached to the Department of Justice to serve as a Special Assistant US Attorney at the border for six months, handling cases involving illegal immigration and border security. He was one of 21 military attorneys called up and deployed to different offices along the US/Mexico border. For his work at the border, he has been recommended the Army’s prestigious Meritorious Service Medal.
His military record includes service overseas and three years with the Army’s elite Trial Defense Services (TDS). As a civilian, Matt Pinsker is an award-winning criminal defense attorney with his own law practice and has been lead counsel on numerous trials.
He previously served as a state prosecutor as well as a magistrate for the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition to the practice of law, he is an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has authored a textbook, Homeland and National Security Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (2017) which was published by the prestigious Carolina Academic Press, as well as multiple articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
The author holds a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Sharpe Scholar. He also holds a JD from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the West Virginia National Security Law Review.
As a law student, he gained international law experience from his studies in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil. After obtaining his law degree, Capt. Pinsker went back to school to train as a constitutional law scholar, earning an LLM in National Security and US Foreign Relations Law from The George Washington University Law School. Because of his professional and educational background, he is a frequently sought speaker for community organizations and academic functions to discuss the US Constitution, national security, and criminal justice. He is also a regular source of expert commentary for a number of national publications and news outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, US News and World Report, Reader’s Digest, Yahoo News, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Playboy, Business News Daily, and many more.