The mission statement on the Department of Homeland Security website reads: “The vision of homeland security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure and resilient from terrorism and other hazards. With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.” The top three core missions listed are (1) Prevent terrorism and enhancing security, (2) Secure and manage our borders, and (3) Enforce and administer our immigration laws.
This week, DHS has been quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them into the public, Judicial Watch has reported. At least 35 OTM’s (Other Than Mexican) were transported in vans belonging to a contracted private security firm, G4S. Having been given the heads-up by outraged Border Patrol officials, Judicial Watch was on hand as a witness when one of the vans arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound bus station.
The OTM’s, from Columbia, El Salvador and Guatemala, were in custody for a couple days, then told to call family members in the US to arrange for their bus ticket from Phoenix to wherever they wanted to go from there. Border Patrol told Judicial Watch that no effort was made by DHS to verify identity of their relatives in the U.S. or whether they are here legally. For those OTMs who can claim “credible fear”, taxpayers will pick up the tab for their bus tickets.
None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to “promise” they’d show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.
Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines are furious, saying illegal immigrants are just being released in droves because there’s no room to keep them in detention. “They’re telling us to put them on a bus and just let them go,” said one Arizona border patrol official. “Just move these bodies across the country.”
Brandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, sounded the alarm in a senate subcommittee hearing just a few weeks ago. He estimated that about 80% of all apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States.
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