The New York Times has just exposed one of the biggest government corruption scandals in history within the ranks of the Department of Homeland Security. According to sources at The Times, over the past decade, 200 government Homeland Security employees have taken nearly $15 million in bribes.
The Times event revealed the case of Joohoon David Lee, a Homeland Security official in Los Angeles, who was charged with investigating a Korean businessman suspected of human trafficking. Lee received approximately $13,000 in bribes and gifts to make the businessman’s legal troubles disappear. A measly $13K to continue to allow human trafficking. How do they sleep at night?
Lee was sentenced to 10 months in prison. But hundreds of immigration and Homeland Security officials have shamelessly taken bribes in exchange for the violation of immigration law.
These officials have allowed millions of dollars’ worth of drugs and thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the United States. Additionally, they have falsified documents and even given sensitive law enforcement data to members of drug cartels.
The Times has even stated that their investigation likely underestimated the amount of bribe money paid because courts do not always keep records of the exact amounts and the numbers they do have don’t include gifts, trips or money stolen by Homeland Security agents.
Trump’s proposed wall does no good if the people guarding it can simply be paid to look the other way. An unnamed internal affairs official at Homeland Security told the Times that Trump should focus on dealing with corruption before worrying about a wall or stricter enforcement.
‘It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees.’