Monday, May 21, 2012
138 U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PERSONNEL ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION SINCE 2004
Thomas Winkowski, acting deputy commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), revealed Thursday during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee meeting that since 2004, 138 CBP employees have been arrested for engaging in acts of corruption including drug and alien smuggling. During that same period, more than 2,000 CBP employees – including Border Patrol and Customs agents – have been charged for other criminal acts including off-duty behavior.
Charles Edwards, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, testified alongside Winkowsi saying that the influence of Mexican drug cartels have reached into the ranks of CBP recruiting and corrupting DHS employees.
“As demonstrated by investigations led by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), border corruption may take the form of cash bribes, sexual favors, and other gratuities in return for allowing contraband or undocumented aliens through primary inspection lanes or even protecting and escorting border crossings; leaking sensitive law enforcement information to persons under investigation and selling law enforcement intelligence to smugglers; and providing needed documents such as immigration papers,” he stated. “Border corruption impacts national security.”
MASS. POLICE OFFICER SAYS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ENCOUNTRED ‘ON A DAILY BASIS’
Milford, Mass. Police Lt. James Falvey recently told Milford Daily News that his department “runs into illegal immigrants on a daily basis” in response to an arrest last week of an intoxicated illegal immigrant driving erratically.
Tigoberto Orellano-Alonso, 25, was only identified after police ran his fingerprints and discovered that he had given a fake name and was in the country illegally (again) after being deported once before in 2002. Falvy also added that identifying the illegal immigrants is not only difficult when they do not carry identification documents, but that if they give you false information, it cannot be classified until later on.
To date, Massachusetts remains a sanctuary state because of Gov. Deval Patrick’s continued defiance of federal immigration law which requires every states’ participation in the Secure Communities information-sharing and illegal immigrant reporting program.