Drug Cartels Have No Fear Of CBP
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is not doing very well. A top Mexican drug cartel leader was recently busted by the Port Isabel Police Department, a small town, population 5,000, agency on the Texas gulf coast near the party town of South Padre Island.
Rafael Vela, who is also the nephew of a former cartel leader, apparently entered the United States by the simple expedient of using someone else's passport.

Accused Gulf Cartel Member Arrested in Port Isabel

October 26, 2011 KRGV.com

CHANNEL 5 NEWS (KRGV, 2010) BROWNSVILLE - An up-and-coming member of Mexico's Gulf Cartel is in federal custody in the Valley. Rafael Cardenas Vela will head to federal court later today. Cardenas is the nephew of cartel kingpin Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, who is now locked up in a supermax prison in Colorado.

Port Isabel police arrested Rafael Cardenas Vela last Thursday after they got a tip. Officers say Cardenas Vela was taken into custody as he was being driven to South Padre Island by two bodyguards. Officers also arrested the bodyguards.

An affidavit shows Cardenas Vela admitted to entering the country illegally by using another man's passport. He also allegedly confessed to smuggling tons of marijuana and cocaine into the U.S. Cardenas is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and misuse of a visa.

Today he's expected to go before a federal judge in Brownsville for a detention and preliminary hearing. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned Cardenas has hired a lawyer from McAllen to represent him.

And just how as this done? Well, quite easily. You see CBP does not use US VISIT, the biometric system for aliens who apply for visas, apply to enter the United States and who are arrested by DHS. Except that CBP, because of pressure from the Mexican government, illegal alien advocates, border merchants, Texas politicians, and drug cartels, does not use US VISIT at land Ports-of-Entry, e.g. land border entries. If US VISIT had been in use at the port where Vela entered, he would not have been arrested by an overworked small town police department, but by CBP itself. But CBP is not interested in doing its job of stopping drug dealers and terrorists, it is more interested in fostering cross-border commerce and enabling the Regime's Administrative Amnesty
And as proof, CBP has withdrawn U.S. Border Patrol Agents from commercial transporation centers, e.g. bus stations and airports.

By Stephanie Zepelin October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of former Border Patrol agents say routine checks at commercial transportation hubs are changing. This means the daily presence of Border Patrol agents at bus stations, train stations and airports is over...

We are refining the way we operate by managing risk,” says Bill Brooks, southwest border field branch chief for Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.

Brooks says agents will be at commercial transportation hubs if there is intelligence that indicates they need to be there.

Kent Lundgren, a former Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Miami and Puerto Rico and chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, says based on information from current agents and his experience in the agency, this is a change of policy.

“It is a change in policy with respect to transportation checks, yes,” says Lundgren.

Lundgren says this change takes away an important tool for Border Patrol officers. When we told him officials in Washington, D.C. say it's not a change in policy, Lundgren says, “Well, let's just say they're being less than candid because it is.”
By "We are refining the way we operate" the Obama Regime means that the change in enforcement tactics is designed to make it easier for illegal aliens and drug smugglers to use commercial transporation hubs, and to remain for the ongoing Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty.
The move away for interior enforcement by the Border Patrol and failure to use US VISIT at the border is just more evidence of the ongoing amnesty and the contempt the Regime has for the laws of the United States.
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