“Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
- Aldous Huxley
In this compelling memoir, Federal Agent Derrick Taylor tells the story of his twenty-five-year career with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Over the course of his career, Taylor became a top federal agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He worked as a Fugitive Apprehension Officer, tracking down and arresting hundreds of hard-core violent criminals. He managed a Prosecution Unit that convicted over one thousand criminal aliens.
He was awarded the Medal of Valor from the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary’s Award for Excellence, and the City of Los Angeles Medal of Honor. In 1997, while serving a Federal Warrant of Deportation, Taylor was shot five times by a gang member . . . and lived to tell about it.
But throughout his illustrious career he also witnessed countless cases of corruption and discrimination within the Department of Homeland Security. Could anything be done to change the culture and expose the unfairness? Taylor decided his answer was yes.
This book chronicles Taylor’s varied and intriguing career and personal life, culminating in his highly charged lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, and its surprising outcome.
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