The New York Times and the Nonexistent DHS Corruption “Scandal”
January 3, 2017 By Matt O'Brien 16 Comments
New York Times NYTThe New York Times recently ran a piece smearing immigration enforcement authorities entitled “The Enemy Within: Bribes Bore a Hole in the U.S. Border.” It purports to be an exposé on bribes of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees and contractors. It also hints that the Trump administration’s plans to gain control of our borders will be nixed by complications arising “from within” border control agencies, namely corrupt immigration officers. The clear implication is that DHS officials are easily bribed and will readily sacrifice national security and public safety for personal gain.
The only problem: The numbers paint a significantly less scandalous picture. The Times concedes that all of its information was drawn from court records and internal agency documents. That means all of the corruption referenced in the article was detected and prosecuted by DHS. Sounds more like due diligence than a systemic problem.
It also notes that DHS has brought corruption charges against roughly 200 people over a 10 year period. DHS employs approximately 250,000 people and engages the services of roughly 100,000 contractors. That means that a tiny fraction of DHS’s total workforce – far less than the one percent cited by the Times, as the number of contractors working for DHS is notoriously hard to pin down – has been involved in shady dealings.http://www.illegalaliens.us/immigrationblognews.htm