Friday, April 15, 2011

Diversity at Work: Borders & Customs Corruption


In the Mexican drug war, U.S. authorities are finding a disturbing trend: an increase in American law enforcement officials corrupted by wealthy Mexican criminals who pay them to look the other way as illegal drugs and immigrants flow north into the United States.

In the last five years, nearly 80 U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers have been arrested along the Mexican border, and according to federal authorities, hundreds more officials are under investigation.

At a U.S. Senate hearing, it was revealed that Mexican cartel members are infiltrating American law enforcement. There was also testimony that during a hiring push that began five years ago to add thousands of Border Patrol and CBP officers, only 10 percent of the initial applicants were given polygraph tests.

So it’s not even that Mexican drug money is corrupting American law enforcement.  It is that federal affirmative action hiring policies are putting Mexican cartel agents in American law-enforcement uniforms.

Smart move, guys.  Real slick.


Anonymous said...

The real difference between us and the third world south of our border is that we still have an expectation that our public officials, police and Law enforcers will be free of corruption. Additionally, we expect that institutionally we will seek out those whose personal inhibitions are insufficient and when found, they will be prosecuted and punished.

I see it as a good sign that this seems to be happening.

Dr. Φ said...

Yes, we do have that expectation. And I suppose we can see these prosecutions as evidence that our expectations are being enforced. But how long can that last? Eventually, the enforcers, too, will be corrupted.