Corruption at the US-Mexico border

This article discusses corruption challenges facing the US along the Mexico border. Key factors include rapid growth of the Customs & Border Protection agency (now at 60,000 agents, officers, and specialists) but only a small number of investigators assigned to internal affairs and corruption cases.

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2 Responses to “Corruption at the US-Mexico border”

  1. Gunther Says:

    I am really surprise that the CBP do not have an internal affairs department considering the fact that the Border Patrol and US Customs have been in existence since 1924 and US Customs was in existence since 1789.

    When you have a growing ethnic/racial population like the Hispanics that will be the dominate population in the next 20 to 30 years, yeah, there is an excellent chance of people from a group being corrupt and where everyone knows everyone else thus resulting in their own old boy network/family. It was no different when the Irish had dominated the police forces during the 19th and 20th centuries and being corrupted by various organised crime groups in that period plus running their own little rackets.

  2. Gunther Says:

    Even if the CBP has an internal affairs department, there are still some problems:

    1) CBP Internal Affairs will probably be used like any other internal affairs department to cover up the misconduct and corruption of its officers and blame the people who filed the complaint (whether they are civilians or honest CBP employees).

    2) Cartels will probably tried to gets its own people into that unit to squash any kind of investigation.

    3) Will the unit be able to conduct its own investigations without being subject to political pressure from both within the CBP and outside the CBP? If any of the cartels can get one of their members to become a high ranking CBP, he/she can make sure that Internal Affairs is render useless by squashing any investigation plus put his/her own people in the unit where it is completed controlled.

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