DHS Quietly Transports Illegals from Mexican border to Phoenix, Releases without Proper Processing

Border patrol agents are anxious to do their jobs, but DHS is circumventing the law and making the agents’ job impossible to do. It is clear that direction for abrogation of the law and the Constitution can only come from the top, which by all standards of judgement means the White House.

It is infuriating that the very agency that should be most focused and dedicated to protecting the American people is in fact the one that is most active in putting American citizens at risk. Judicial Watch, an independent oversight organization that monitors government and judicial misdeeds, has been following DHS activities along the border for some time.

The Department of Homeland Security is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.

The OTMs are from Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala and Border Patrol officials say this week’s batch was in custody for a couple of days and ordered to call family members in the U.S. so they could purchase a bus ticket for their upcoming trip from Phoenix. Authorities didn’t bother checking the identity of the U.S. relatives or if they’re in the country legally, according to a Border Patrol official directly involved in the matter. American taxpayers pick up the fare for those who claim to have a “credible fear,” Border Patrol sources told Judicial Watch. None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to “promise” they’d show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.

Outraged Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines say illegal immigrants are being released in droves because there’s no room to keep them in detention. “They’re telling us to put them on a bus and let them go,” said one law enforcement official in Arizona. “Just move those bodies across the country.” Officially, DHS denies this is occurring and in fact earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske blasted Border Patrol union officials for denouncing this dangerous catch-and-release policy. Kerlikowske’s scolding came in response to the congressional testimony of Bandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents. Judd told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately and disappear into the shadows. Kerlikowske shot back, telling a separate congressional committee: “I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was — releasing people without going through all of the formalities.”




Judd, the Border Patrol Union chief, estimated that about 80% of apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States. This includes unaccompanied minors who are escorted to their final destination, family units and those who claim to have a credible fear of persecution in their native country. Single males that aren’t actually seen crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents are released if they claim to have been in the country since 2014, Judd added.

The lack of prosecution of Kerlikowske for misconduct and dereliction of duty, and now for lying to a Congressional committee is an outrage, but he is not alone. This is yet another example of the corruption of government agencies, from DHS, to the IRS, and including the State Department. In all cases, it appears that the agencies have been corrupted in order to provide Democrats with a political advantage, and the nation is devolving into a banana republic of corrupt apparatchiks with no ethical center or moral compass.

Whether this will change when Barack Obama leaves the White House is questionable, given the strength of the unions and the civil service regulations that protect civil service workers from ever being subject to dismissal for the most egregious of violations. What these agencies most need is a huge downsizing, starting with the White House. Sadly, that is not likely to happen until a major civil upheaval occurs, which may never come to pass.



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