As I stood next to him, listening to him slowly speak, I saw a single tear fall from his eye.
Looking for a violent gang member who was wanted for a violent murder, we hit a Lodi, California house. Entering the place, we first encountered the family innocently living their daily life. Mom was in the kitchen, making tamales, dad and younger siblings in the living room watching television. Grandma was out back, tending the stove to steam the tamales.
As we entered the house in full raid gear, handguns, and rifles out, yelling as we entered for everyone to…
Have you ever had a moment where time seems to stand still? The first and only time I experienced that sensation was on October 25, 2013, the day I was shot while chasing a violent gang member: A moment in time that defined my life.
When I woke up on Friday, October 25, 2013, it was like any other day. It was my third day back working on street gangs. …
It was a wonderful spring day when I received the call from Special Agent Wesley. I answered the phone, thinking he had a simple question, but what he told me was shocking and scary.
“Robert, they thought I was you. They said they were going to kill me.”
Wesley was doing interviews in the Napa County Jail when a gang member mistook him for me and said they were going to kill him. Having a gang member saying this was unnerving for Wesley. He was a new Agent and had been working with me for about two weeks. …
The day started normal, like any other day, with cartoons and a fresh bowl of cereal. As I snuggled in next to Dad to watch, the house was quiet since we were the only ones awake.
I heard some stirring from the other side of the house and wondered if it was mom, and was happy to see it was.
As she sat down next to us with her coffee, I heard Dad utter the words I have been waiting to hear all my life.
‘Let’s go and play in the snow today’
My heart leaped from my chest. I…
I pray that now is the time to fulfill Martin Luther King’s dream, a dream so pure and simple that can be easily realized, but so tricky we may never achieve it.
For the last twelve years, our nation has become more divided and pitted against each other, moving beyond the racial divide, we have been split into red and blue. We have taken a step backward, from openness and understand of others’ beliefs to one where people are ostracized for having a different opinion or belief.
The time is now, as a people, as a nation, that we come…
After graduating from the academy and spending a little time with my family, I reported back to the office in San Francisco. I was excited, having recently officially become an Immigration Agent. I knew I was going to be looking for people that were foreign born and incarcerated in the prison system, just did not know which prison I would be assigned to.
When I reported for duty on April 1st, 1997, it did not dawn on me what day it was. Looking back now, it seems almost as if it set the precedent for my entire time within the…
Just four years ago
We made a choice
Decided we did
Some think we paid a price
The world full of gloom
The ending in sight
We would hear
Each and every night
The press would play
On all our fears
Causing daily division
With us holding our tears
Upon us again
With doom descending
We decide on Tuesday
Between red and blue
If you listen to hard
It’s life or death
The daily shoving
Against our chests
No matter what occurs
A decision pending
We go to the polls
Selecting butt-head one or butt-head two
Cries will abound The…