Acosta recounts his often-dangerous exploits as a law enforcement agent over more than 30 years, which frequently included going undercover as a human smuggler or an undocumented immigrant. He targeted those who took advantage of immigrants, stuffing them into car trunks for hours-long drives from the border to the north; counterfeiters who, for the right price, provided false social security cards and other papers; and even corrupt agents who earned significant financial rewards on the backs of desperate migrants.
Though catching drug dealers wasnt in his job description, when the opportunity to take them down presented itself, Acosta enthusiastically compliedeven if he had to do it without the support of governmental agencies. And later in his career, diplomatic postings in the Philippines and Mexico expanded his experience with immigration issues.
This exciting memoir of a life spent in pursuit of human traffickers is an eye-opening look at smugglers and other criminals involved in the sale of counterfeit documents, narcotics and weapons.
|Publisher:||Arte Publico Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Rendition in Nicaragua 1
Chapter 2 The Journey Begins 16
Chapter 3 Lovely Couples-Neighborhood Counterfeiters 24
Chapter 4 Castros' Castoffs 49
Chapter 5 Drivers Licenses for Sale 74
Chapter 6 An Amateur Dope Dealer Pays a Professional Price 97
Chapter 7 Operation Villasana Ciudad Juárez 112
Chapter 8 Not All Were Friends 130
Chapter 9 Human Smuggling Ring Broken 151
Chapter 10 River Rats and Three Smuggling Gangs 181
Chapter 11 Two Bad Apples-No Use for Crooked Agents 202
Chapter 12 Operation Black Rose-Columbian Gold 214
Chapter 13 New Challenges in a Diplomatic Assignment 235
Chapter 14 World War II Veterans-Deserving Americans 249
Chapter 15 Back on the Border-the Southern Side 254
Chapter 16 Killers on the Border 265
Chapter 17 Mexico City-A New Challenge 272
Chapter 18 Final Stop and a New Beginning-Houston 296