The U.S. government is now accepting that Mexican drug cartels have been corrupting their agents

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This article tells it all about the U.S. Customs and how they are paid off by drug cartels.

http://www2.esmas.com/noticierostelevisa/mexico/nacional/146340/carteles...

"The investigation of The Associated Press has entered a number of accusations regarding cases of corruption and discovered that at least 80 civil servants in authority all the levels, federal, state and local, have been processed throughout the southwestern border from 2007 (in this investigation).

As of 2003, about 129 people working for customs and the Border Patrol have been arrested under corruption accusations, added the chief inspector of investigations of the Department of Internal Security, Tom Frost.

That number includes the North border and other ports from entrance to the United States.

"The strategies used by the organizations of the drug trafficking in their activities of corruption are similar to the processes or strategies used by foreign intelligence services that look into somehow recruiting or jeopardizing our officials and agentes", Frost added. These actions of corruption "include almost all the layers of the strategy of border security of the Department of Internal" Security; including the employees who work far from the border but with access to delicate information.

The narcotics traffickers have used that access "in order to protect to the members of the organizations of the drug trafficking, to give pursuit to the investigations and to identify the individuals that they cooperate with government", concluded Frost.

Folks, this means our National Security is at risk by members of Homeland Security, as I've been explaining all along. When we can't even protect our borders from corrupt I.C.E. agents, who work for the department of Homeland Security, then it is no wonder many families are divided when they attempt to legally bring their relatives to their country of birth. My question is this...since we are concerned about Domestic Terrorism, why aren't the U.S. news agencies addressing this? The answer is that this feeds the capitalist system of supporting corporations running prison management systems like Corrections Corporation of America and Wackenhut. Housing immigrants is big business, where it used to be something we did to control immigration.

When two drug dealers paid $120,000 to Roger Pablo Morales, the Director of DGME in Nicaragua, for their release...he KNEW the profits of prison management. He continued holding these two Mexican nationals even after taking the $120,000 bribe, knowing that if he released these two, the cartels would come after him. I wonder how many U.S. citizens are being held there incommunicado today, as Daniel Ortega tries to convince the world that he is determined to clean up any human rights abuses in his country. And as President Obama discusses a complete overhaul of our U.S. Immigration system (which many Republicans hoping he puts it on the back burner) I wonder if he will prosecute the I.C.E. agents at Florence, Arizona who are stealing the money out of the wallets of immigrants being readied for deportation. Homeland Security in the U.S. is nothing more than a corporate processing center for prison management CEOs. It does nothing to protect our borders when this type of thing happens, and I've been saying that all along.

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Rewards to the agents

The way to counter corruption is to offer HUGE rewards (bonuses) to agents who go undercover when approached for corruption. This is the cartel actually making contact with your front line, so it's a great opportunity. The problem is that each agent is simply expected to NOT go corrupt and to tell their superiors of such contact, with NO additional pay or bonuses. Get real...!!! This is the way for our agency to infiltrate the cartels, so you need to make it REALLY appealing to our agents to be heroes AND get huge bonuses and promotions, by leading our agency into the core of the issues. Or, maybe, the whole thing is corrupt and it's all for appearances, while our boys in Washington are on the take and the CIA is part of the operation, not the solution? It happened before, so why not believe it's happening now?

overhaul customs

I believe we need to overhaul the Department of Homeland Security, testing each and every applicant for customs for both mental problems and corruption and demand perfection. Get rid of the corporations placing these people and go back to a national system run by our government. It was run much more efficiently and human rights were not abused as much before we handed over contracts to private corporations. The law suits coming along are going to cost much more. Not to mention that they tend to ferret out as much money as they can by detaining people as long as they can, when ankle bracelets would be a much better and WAYYY less costly solution for many. And if we used an ankle monitoring system, we could reduce the expense of building additional facilities to house these people, as well. It's a win - win situation!

I can understand holding felons and people who endanger other people's lives, but at least 60% of the people being held in detention centers, are not a danger to society and could easily be held by an ankle bracelet monitoring system while their cases are being heard, thus reducing the expenses of processing their case. The corporate prison management systems refuse to do this, because their profits would spiral down and this is a profit based system. And we would put the expense back onto the families of those who are here asking to have their cases reviewed. Not to mention alleviating the cost of child care while the U.S. partner earns income during this process as the immigrant applying for documentation stays home and cares for the child. Thus, we reduce spending.

And if you knew about the numerous law suits pending for the human rights abuses, not to mention what they've already paid out, this would make sense. I know of at least one man that collected over $100,000 in three law suits before he was granted documents from the numerous abuses he suffered. I know of families who are currently suing for the injury and death of loved ones held in conditions that damaged their relatives. My husband's case is being reviewed by international attorneys and currently we are having his hair analyzed for the drugs they used before each of his immigration hearings which we believe were cogentin and haldol, because this is what the ACLU has found they used on many. It has affected his health. Also, the diet he was forced to eat was completely void of things like fruits and vegetables under the corporate prison management system, so we are having his complete health analyzed for a future law suit. There are many like us, who resent the way our relatives were treated and who intend to sue for what has been done to their relatives under this system. It will and has cause the U.S. to pay out millions. Our case alone could be a four million dollar case, based on the conditions and torture my husband endured. Does this make sense? Purely, from a strictly financial aspect, it is wise to do the right thing or suffer the consequences and when you have so many grave injustices, you create a financial disaster. When corporations are allowed to function breaking laws, then you have people who will collect monetary damages, like us. And when you deport our family members, do you think any of us care about the financial well being of Homeland Security? We are more than motivated to make them pay for handling our loved ones in an illegal fashion.

No, I would not do the job either. Morally, it would disagree with me, because I don't feel our borders do anything but contain stupid nationalism, but there are many who would find the job rewarding and they are honest, decent people who believe in borders. We should remove those who are corrupt and replace them with these people. Do you know that when the state was running customs enforcement the salaries were normal for those employed by them? Through corporate prison management these salaries have dropped to barely minimum wage...so they get what they pay for. This is why they hire the bottom of the barrel. A country should not settle for marginal people with gang tattoos all over their body to protect our borders. But that is exactly what you see at facilities like CCA. Even their speech is reflects typical street lingo, which is not putting a sense of professionalism into the position. However, this is what you get when you only pay a little over minimum wage for a country's security. And it is also the reason they are enticed to accept offers from cartel members.

This is not rocket science. It is corporate corruption at work.

what is the solution?

I agree with you about the many problems involved in this aspect of modern life.  What is the solution?  Should we open the borders so that every two-bit fraud artist from Nigeria and Somalia can trick our gullible citizens in person rather than across the internet?  A lot of those people even speak English already and have funds available and would be the first in line for any liberalization.  Or try to employ more righteous border patrol agents?  But I don't want the job, do you?  So I'm not sure if I can complain about their work, if I'm not willing to do it myself.  I'm not saying you're wrong to point out the problems at present, just wondering if there is any better solution.

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