CBP Audit Report
I recently came across an April 2006 audit report authored by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General. The report centers around ICE's Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) and highlights the fact that the office releases approximately 36% of all illegal aliens apprehended and detained by CPB every year. These individuals are released into the United States either on bond while awaiting the results of their immigration cases or on their own recognizance.
In raw numbers, this represents approximately 110,000 individuals every year with 62-89% absconding after final deportation court orders are issued. As of December 2005, official records indicate the presence of over 544,000 such individuals. Over 45,000 of these are from countries on terrorist watch lists and another 30,000 have criminal records.
Given these facts, one must once again question why CBP conducts suspicionless checkpoints against the traveling public in the interior of the country while at the same time releasing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens back into society with full knowledge that the vast majority will run after being ordered to leave the country by the federal courts.
If CBP was truly serious about border enforcement then why aren't the same resources being used to violate the rights of American citizens at suspicionless checkpoints being used to track down and detain the half a million+ individuals who have been processed by the system but have refused to obey court orders to leave the country?
Those who give up essential liberty for the perception of security...
The report, in its entirety, can be accessed here:
Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens - April 2006 Office of Inspector General Audit Report