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Here is a real issue that needs to be dealt with and corrected soon or who knows what will be crossing our boarders.. I mean if you can't count on the Govt., Agency that deals with security and our boarders to hire honest people then the entire system is a bit screwed from the get go.

If a cheat has some money then they get a pass in many cases.

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The Enemy Within: Bribes Bore a Hole in the U.S. Border


The New York Times.. By RON NIXON, 1 hr ago

© John Moore/Getty Images United States Border Patrol agents watched over detained immigrants near the border with Mexico in Roma, Tex., in August.


WASHINGTON — In 2012, Joohoon David Lee, a federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, was assigned to investigate the case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking.
Instead of carrying out a thorough inquiry, Mr. Lee solicited and received about $13,000 in bribes and other gifts from the businessman and his relatives in return for making the “immigration issue go away,” court records show.

Mr. Lee, an agent with Homeland Security Investigations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, filed a report saying: “Subject was suspected of human trafficking. No evidence found and victim statement contradicts. Case closed. No further action required.”

But after another agent alerted internal investigators about Mr. Lee’s interference in another case, his record was examined and he was charged with bribery. He pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

It was not an isolated case. A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.

These employees have looked the other way as tons of drugs and thousands of undocumented immigrants were smuggled into the United States, the records show. They have illegally sold green cards and other immigration documents, have entered law enforcement databases and given sensitive information to drug cartels. In one case, the information was used to arrange the attempted murder of an informant.
The Times’s findings most likely undercount the amount of bribes because in many cases court records do not give a tally. The findings also do not include gifts, trips or money stolen by Homeland Security employees.

Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump said border security would be one of his highest priorities. As he prepares to take office, he will find that many of the problems seem to come from within.
“It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees,” said an internal affairs official at the Department of Homeland Security who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Although Homeland Security employees who have been caught taking bribes represent less than 1 percent of the more than 250,000 people who work at the department, investigators say the bribes and small numbers of people arrested and charged with bribery obscure the impact corruption can have on border security and immigration enforcement.
“Any amount is bad, and one person alone can do a lot of damage,” said John Roth, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “It doesn’t have to be widespread.”

Law enforcement experts say the bribing of border and immigration agents is not surprising. As security along the border has tightened with the addition of fences, drones and sensors, drug cartels and human smugglers have found it increasingly more difficult to operate.

“So it makes sense that cartels would target and try to corrupt border interdiction agents,” said Fred Burton, chief security officer at Stratfor, a global intelligence company, and a former deputy chief of counterterrorism at the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. “It’s very similar to the tactics and tradecraft used by foreign intelligence services during the Cold War.”

Homeland Security officials, acknowledging that internal corruption is a problem, have hired more internal affairs investigators, provided ethics training and started to administer polygraph tests to new applicants, along with countersurveillance training to employees so they can recognize when they are being targeted by criminal organizations.

Customs and Border Protection, which has had dozens of its officers arrested and charged with bribery, said it had made additional changes to combat corruption. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, in 2014 gave authority to the agency’s internal affairs office to conduct criminal investigations for the first time. And Mark Morgan, a former F.B.I. agent who had investigated corruption on the border, was put in charge of the Border Patrol.

“Polygraphs have made it so we don’t hire people with significant problems,” said R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of the customs agency. “The bigger problem is what happens to people who are already on board. These changes address that.”
Records show that the bribing of Homeland Security employees persists. In 2016, 15 have been arrested on, convicted of or sentenced on charges of bribery.

In February, Johnny Acosta, a Customs and Border Protection officer in Douglas, Ariz., was sentenced to eight years in prison for bribery and drug smuggling. Mr. Acosta, who was arrested as he tried to flee to Mexico, took more than $70,000 in bribes and helped smuggle over a ton of marijuana into the United States.

Last month, Eduardo Bazan, a Border Patrol agent in McAllen, Tex., was arrested and accused of helping a drug trafficking organization smuggle cocaine. According to court records, Mr. Bazan admitted to receiving $8,000 for his help. José Cruz-López, a Transportation Security Administration screener at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, P.R., was arrested around the same time and accused of taking $215,000 in bribes to help smuggle drugs.

Corruption investigators said the case of the former Border Patrol agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang illustrates the damage a single compromised agent can cause. In 2013, he was sentenced to 15 years for providing sensitive law enforcement information to drug cartels.

Mr. Herrera-Chiang, who was assigned to a special undercover unit targeting the cartels in Yuma, Ariz., provided maps of hidden underground sensors, lock combinations to gates along the United States-Mexico border and the locations of Border Patrol traffic checkpoints to an individual who provided them to the cartels. The cartels used the information to bypass Border Patrol agents and transport methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana into the country, according to court records.

Mr. Herrera-Chiang also entered law enforcement databases on his work computer to run drug seizure checks and even provided information on confidential informants in Mexico. That information included one informant whom federal law enforcement officers were able to locate before he could be killed, court records said. Mr. Herrera-Chiang admitted to receiving about $4,500 in bribes for his efforts, but his co-conspirator put the amount between $60,000 and $70,000.

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Here is a real issue that needs to be dealt with and corrected soon or who knows what will be crossing our boarders.. I mean if you can't count on the Govt., Agency that deals with security and our boarders to hire honest people then the entire system is a bit screwed from the get go.

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This should be a bi-partisan issue, but I doubt it will be.
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This should be a bi-partisan issue, but I doubt it will be.
What I understand more Hispanics are heading south than are heading north. So, problem is no problem.
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What I understand more Hispanics are heading south than are heading north. So, problem is no problem.
So your saying America is no better than a 3rd rated M.E./Americas country with little employment, no government subsidies and lousy infrastructure, with poor water and the quality of life is below 45%...

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I said that Mexicans are returning to Mexico at a faster rate than are coming here. Understand?
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I said that Mexicans are returning to Mexico at a faster rate than are coming here. Understand?
So which is it? Hispanics or Mexicans?
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I said that Mexicans are returning to Mexico at a faster rate than are coming here. Understand?
You state the accepted given. Care to explain the reason?

It seems to me that before they came here they all wanted to come here. Now with a few years of our current leaders they are leaving. So either the current politicians did a lousy job or the immigrants did so much damage that it is no longer worth being here.

Either way, the current leaders encouraged it to happen.

Which is why we have Trump.
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I think the word to use is "illegals".
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Maybe because given the opportunity people would rather live near their loved ones. But rather than guess and spin why don't you do some research.
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You state the accepted given. Care to explain the reason?

It seems to me that before they came here they all wanted to come here. Now with a few years of our current leaders they are leaving. So either the current politicians did a lousy job or the immigrants did so much damage that it is no longer worth being here.

Either way, the current leaders encouraged it to happen.

Which is why we have Trump.
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Maybe because given the opportunity people would rather live near their loved ones. But rather than guess and spin why don't you do some research.
I didn't make the claim. I have nothing to research. The fact they are leaving is good enough for me.

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