|08-23-2005, 09:04 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Illegal Alien Joins Border Patrol
One of the most incredible stories I've read lately! Figures, that the U.S. government outsources it's background security checks to a private contractor.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Seven weeks after September 11, 2001, Oscar Antonio Ortiz applied to become a U.S. Border Patrol agent. He got the job, prosecutors allege, by using someone else's birth certificate to disguise the fact that he's a Mexican citizen and, incredibly, an illegal alien.
That's bad enough. But according to a criminal complaint, Ortiz then used his badge to help smuggle illegal aliens into this country in groups of 30 to 50. Ortiz pleaded not guilty Friday in San Diego federal court.
T.J. BONNER, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL: It's just terrible that someone who is charged with enforcing the immigration laws of the United States turns out to be not only an illegal alien but someone who is smuggling hundreds of other illegal aliens into the country. Who do you trust any more?
WIAN: Wiretaps indicate another Border Patrol agent was involved in alien smuggling with Ortiz, but prosecutors would not discuss the status of that agent.
Prosecutors allege wiretaps picked up a conversation with family members where Ortiz said he was paid between $1,800 and $2,000 to smuggle aliens in himself, or $300 a head to, as he put it, clear the way for aliens to sneak across the border.
REP. J.D. HAYWORTH (R), ARIZONA: Number one, it says that heads should roll at the Border Patrol. If this person was taking about $300 a head to smuggle other illegals into this country, who is to say that a foreign power or Islamofascist with access to untold wealth is able to up the ante and bring terrorist cells into this country?
WIAN: Border Patrol Chief Dave Aguilar said in a statement, "Any agent who defies the Border Patrol's motto of 'Honor First' and chooses to violate the trust of the citizens they swore to protect will be held accountable. There is no place in the Border Patrol for behavior that tarnishes and discredits the badges we proudly wear."
From Texas to San Diego, we've documented at least eight criminal cases against Border Patrol or other Homeland Security Department agents accused of either alien or drug smuggling so far this year.
WIAN: Background checks on prospective Border Patrol employees are performed by an outside contractor, not the Homeland Security Department. The Border Patrol is struggling to find enough agents to fill open jobs, and some officials are worried about maintaining high standards for personnel -- Kitty.
PHILLIPS: Casey, very disturbing story. What kind of jail sentence will the suspect face if he's convicted?
WIAN: Maximum sentence for the alien smuggling charge of 10 years in prison, and for the lying about citizenship charge, three years, so a total of 13, Kitty.
|08-23-2005, 11:11 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
I think we take aliens in the army, and then help them get citizenship.
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