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Ex-CBP Official: Cartels Infiltrated Agency in Mid-2000s, It Could Happen Again

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 06:35 PM

A former Customs and Border Patrol official fired off a warning to the Trump administration regarding the hiring of new border agents: don't hire drug cartel members.

During an interview with Sharyl Attkisson on "Full Measure" that's slated to air Apri 2, James Tomsheck — the former head of internal affairs at CBP — said that's exactly what happened in the mid-2000s.

Tomsheck noted that more than 10,000 Border Patrol agents were hired between 2006 and 2008 and some of them, in the rush to staff up the agency, were not subjected to pre-employment polygraph exams.

"We do know that in the thousands of polygraph exams that we administered after the background investigation, more than half of those persons that cleared that background investigation failed the polygraph exam and provided detailed admissions as to why it was they failed the exam," Tomsheck said.

"Included in that study group of more than 1,000 were persons who admitted that they were infiltrators, that they worked for a drug trafficking organization, either on the U.S. side of the border or the Mexican side of the border, who had been directed to infiltrate CBP and compromise what they do there."

President Donald Trump wants the Department of Homeland Security to hire 10,000 ICE agents, 5,000 CBP agents, and 500 barrier agents. 

Tomsheck said the government needs to tread lightly and do things the right way to avoid what he estimated to be "at least 5 percent" of those hired in the mid-2000s to have criminal records or intentions.

"Move very cautiously," he said. "If there is a reduction in the security protocols to screen and vet applicants, I believe we will give compromise to the agencies future."

"Full Measure" airs Sunday on Sinclair stations nationwide, and is streamed live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ET at FullMeasure.news. 

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