In a troubling admission to Congress, a high-ranking official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revealed that the agency charged with protecting the nation’s borders is plagued with internal corruption that could put the U.S. at risk.What sort of corruption? The federal agents who are supposed to safeguard America against terrorists and instruments of terror are teaming up with Mexican drug cartels and alien smugglers, according to Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Thomas Winkowski. The shocking acknowledgement was made by Winkowski at a recent hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security.In the last eight years, 138 agents from CBP have been charged with corruption and more than 2,000 have been charged in other criminal cases, according to Winkowski’s testimony before the panel. The purpose of the hearing was to address ethical standards within the DHS and its various agencies. Winkowski was there to inform the panel about CPB’s efforts to address issues concerning corruption and misconduct among its employees.U.S. CBP Agents Team Up With Mexican Drug Cartels, Judicial Watch May 22, 2012And the corruption is not limited to federal employees. Note the names in this recent story:
McALLEN - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted four former members of Hidalgo County`s now-disbanded Panama Unit.The grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Jonathan Trevino, Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran.The indictment includes one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, which charges all four men, as well as five substantive counts of attempting to aid and abet the possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.Espinoza and Duran are charged with four of the substantive counts, while Trevino and Rodriguez were indicted on one of those charges.Trevino, 28, Espinoza, 29, Rodriguez, 28, and Mendoza-Duran, 30, were charged in December and arrested following a multi-agency investigation conducted during 2012.The indictment alleges Trevino and Espinoza, former officers with the Mission Police Department, along with Rodriguez and Duran, former deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff`s Office, attempted to use their positions in law enforcement to assist drug traffickers with the distribution of cocaine.On several occasions in October and November, the defendants allegedly provided protective escorts for suspected loads of cocaine as they traveled throughout Hidalgo County.Trevino is the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino and Espinoza is the son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza.Panama Unit Members Indicted, KRVG January 9, 2013Here’s an earlier example of the emerging BRB pattern—note the names again:
MCALLEN — Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was indicted on drug charges and arrested by FBI agents Tuesday at his Rio Grande City office.The 52-year-old sheriff, also known as "Tio," is a defendant in an indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury earlier this month.The 19-count indictment alleges Guerra and 14 others were part of a conspiracy to move hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine through the remote Mexican border county.Guerra is charged with three counts, including conspiracy, acting as an accessory by suggesting a co-defendant use fake lease documents to avoid apprehension, and using a telephone in the conspiracy.South Texas Sheriff Arrested On Federal Drug Chargesby Lynn Brezosky, Houston Chronicle. October 14, 2008Here’s a short list of recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees arrested for various causes over the last eighteen months or so:
[Source: National Border Patrol Council - Local 1613 Homepage]Certainly appropriate for the Left`s favorite Border Patrol Agent.Also remember that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was the United States Attorney for Arizona 1993-98, during the rise of corruption on the border. She completely failed to stop it then too.The results of BRB will parallel the results of BRA. It will be Black Mecca Down or Escape From Detroit writ large. Combined with a BRA Administrative Amnesty, we will soon be looking at a Chicagoland meltdown on the southern border.