The Journey

The Journey

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  • 1-58107-149-3: 1-58107-147-7
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Title: The Journey : U.S. Border Patrol and the Solution to the Illegal Alien Problem
Author: Donald R. Coppock
Description: We are living in a period of history when our nation faces great responsibilities and challenges in protecting our shores. The U.S. Border Patrol has shared in these responsibilities, past, present and, undoubtedly, the future. In this book, Don tells the inside story of his many years with the patrol. His collective thoughts and information give a powerful account of the patrol from 1941 to 1973. This book packs both a historical and personal punch…..he captures the esprit-de-corps of the patrol with actual accounts as experienced by him.
Contents: 1. The Early Years

2. Growing Up and Getting an Education

3. The Beginning of My Career in the Border Patrol

4. My Rise in the Border Patrol

5. Ole Miss/James Meredith

6. Bay of Pigs War and the Return of Prisoners to the United States

7. Civil Strife and Bombings in Birmingham, Alabama

8. Termination of the Brocero Program and Increase of Illegal Entries

9. Work in the 1960s.

10. The Selma to Montgomery, Alabama March

11. Seize of the Pentagon

12. Martin Luther King, Jr. & His Assassination

13. Poor People’s March on Washington

14. Cesar Chavez and His Farm Workers Union

15. Increases of Illegal Entries and Answers to the Problem

16. Operation Intercept

17. Retirement and Work with the Impeachment Inquiry Committee relating to President Nixon

18. Work with the Legal Services Corporation

19. Life after Retirement

Reviews: I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a factual record of the Border Patrol in action and a piece of history little known to the majority of the public. It is an exciting experience to journey with Don down through the years as he recalls one of the most storied periods relating to the patrol. You will also gain an insight to one of the most notable Border Patrol officers I have ever known.

Buck Brandemuehl, Chief of the Border Patrol, Retired

About the Author: The author was born on a farm two miles northeast of Cherokee, Oklahoma, and was privileged to have had a career in the U.S. Border Patrol serving as its Chief from 1960 to June 30, 1973. He and the Border Patrol were regularly called upon to enforce the recently passed civil rights statutes during the 1960s. He was involved in the Civil Rights strife at Ole Miss when the first African American, James Meredith was enrolled at the University, the bombing of the Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama when four young girls were killed, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Poor People's March on Washington. D.C., the Selma to Montgomery march, the negotiations that brought about the return of the prisoners after the Bay of Pigs war in Cuba and others.
Details: 2008 [ISBN: 1-58107-147-7; 180 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch; soft cover]