INS Stomping On D.C. Sniper Whistleblowers
While lawmakers in Washington pat themselves on the back for
cooking up a massively expensive and mostly cosmetic
Homeland Security Department bill, many of the real
heroes of homeland security continue to suffer
recriminations and retaliation.
Border Patrol agent Keith Olson, the arresting
officer in Bellingham, Wash., who was responsible for
obtaining the fingerprints of illegal alien sniper
suspect Lee Malvo last December, has been the subject of
two internal investigations during the past three weeks.
Instead of pinning a medal on his chest and giving Olson
a raise for taking the prints of Malvo that eventually
led to his arrest in the Washington, D.C., area killing
spree, federal officials are conducting a probe of his
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agent Daryl Schermerhorn has been
castigated by an INS higher-up for publicly criticizing
the decision by federal immigration authorities to
release Malvo and his illegal alien mother earlier this
year pending deportation proceedings.
On Oct. 29, Schermerhorn, a Northwest regional union representative
for Border Patrol agents in Washington state,
explained to FOX News` Bill O`Reilly that the
catch-and-release policy for illegal aliens is a
result of the government`s perilous penny-pinching:[Click
to see it in Windows Media Player format, courtesy of the
National Border Patrol Council]
O`REILLY: Why were they happy to keep Malvo and his
mother in the country? Why?
SCHERMERHORN: Well, what`s the price of an airplane ticket from
Seattle to Jamaica? That`s why. The cost of housing them
in jail until that time, that`s why. They`re trying to
save a few dollars . . . It`s nothing new for the INS to
release criminals onto the streets and for them to
commit murder. There`s been hundreds murdered in the
United States at the hands of
SCHERMERHORN: It won`t change until
people are willing to talk about it, and there`s
very few of us in the Border Patrol willing to talk
about it. I represent the Border Patrol agents through
the National Border Patrol Council. We`re willing to
talk about it.
Schermerhorn`s candor has been met by caustic, insulting criticism
from at least one INS official. On Oct. 30, Robin F.
Baker, an assistant regional director in the
INS Western Regional Office in Laguna Niguel,
Calif., sent an e-mail to Schermerhorn, which was copied
to nearly 50 other INS employees:
"Nobody, not even a person of your monumental intelligence, could
have predicted what path the young Mr. Malvo would take
. . . Your agenda, whatever it may be, is
counterproductive to the thousands of (detention and
removal) personnel who are doing their best in spite of
the limitations placed upon them by
foreign consulates, (non-governmental
organizations), pro bono
special interest groups, ect. (sic) Have you ever
detained a non-criminal mother and her 16-year-old child
for a lengthy period of time? Have you had to face the
wrath of the above-mentioned groups?"
Baker did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Ignore the hysterics. Of course, no one could have predicted that
Malvo would go on a cross-country killing spree, as
government prosecutors have alleged. But there were two
people at INS who had a gut instinct that
Malvo and his mother—two admitted illegal aliens
with no documentation and no means of support—should be
detained and deported immediately for the good of the
country: Border Patrol officer Keith Olson and his
fellow agent, Raymond Ruiz.
warned last December: "Subject Uma James is a
native and citizen of Jamaica with no immigration
documents allowing her to be or remain in the United
States legally. She has no roots or close family ties in
the United States and is likely to abscond."
If INS and immigration court officials had heeded the warnings of
the arresting officers, instead of caving in to the "pro
bono attorneys and special interest groups" that Baker
whined about in his e-mail, Malvo would never have had
the opportunity to pursue his "counterproductive"
agenda. And his mother wouldn`t be on the lam today.
That`s right. James (also known as Una James and Ana James),
remains on the loose—in violation of the $1,500 bond
posted on her behalf by the
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project of Seattle.
Neither the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project nor INS
investigators have been able to track her down. Last
week, Virginia commonwealth`s attorney Robert Horan
said FBI agents have now joined the hunt for her in
Will a $37 billion Homeland Security Department prevent another
Malvogate? As long as federal immigration authorities
remain more committed to stifling whistleblowers instead
of protecting them: Fat chance.
Michelle Malkin is author of
for Peter Brimelow`s review.
for Michelle Malkin`s website.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.