The Department of Justice OIG released a report on June 12, 2019 in which it cites the DOJ components reviewed as having failed to effectively coordinate with DHS on significant sponsorship events.
Audit of the Department of Justice’s Use of Immigration Sponsorship Programs PDF HERE.
Law enforcement agencies utilize this immigration sponsorship program to allow foreign nationals to remain in the United States to assist in important and sometimes high-level law enforcement operations. The sponsoring law enforcement agency certifies that it assumes law enforcement responsibility for the foreign national, including monitoring of the individual and the conditions associated with the individual’s stay or departure.
DOJ components reported sponsoring 5,496 foreign nationals between Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and FY 2017. These sponsorships originated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; United States Attorney’s Offices; and the United States Marshals Service. In addition, the DOJ Criminal Division has significant involvement and responsibility within the S Visa program.
The S-5 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows travel to United States for individuals who are witnesses, informants, or otherwise supplying information regarding a criminal organization and whose presence in the US is necessary for law enforcement to pursue investigation or prosecution.
Summary of Findings:
We found that the DOJ components we reviewed failed to effectively coordinate with DHS on significant sponsorship events …
- Maintaining and communicating accurate and timely sponsorship information. February 2018, DHS identified over 1,000 DOJ-sponsored foreign nationals for whom DHS did not have current information. As of August 2018, DHS was still seeking information regarding 665 sponsorship.
- Monitoring policies to mitigate risks associated with sponsoring foreign nationals. DOJ implemented adequate controls over the vetting of foreign nationals whom they intended to sponsor. … However, the monitoring policies and practices currently executed by the DOJ components do not adequately mitigate the risks associated with bringing individuals into the United States who may have criminal backgrounds or who may be associated with such individuals.
- Timely processing of long-term sponsorship applications.
Overall, we believe DOJ components must establish effective management controls and sufficient oversight to fulfill their obligations to DHS, protect the public,and achieve their objectives of furthering investigation and prosecutions.
To be clear, this report is about the DoJ and its enforcement arms who regularly need inside cartels and gangs members to break open cases or inform of new cases that occur.
Most of these divisions have from the beginning of Trump’s administration had internal problems either ones left behind by the prior outgoing administration; lack of incoming personnel because of Senate inaction; from people within the current groups that have decided a coup was necessary to remove this president; or for other more nefarious reasons.
Despite the internal turmoil of the last two years, those honorable men and women who are dedicated to the profession have been in flux trying to meet the Opiod crisis, sex and slave trade, black market of internet, and gang member demands of the President’s executive orders as well as dealing with double-dealing, biased upper management problems, judicial opinions, and leftist betrayals within cities and states where people are actively attempting to overthrow a duly elected president. That they do manage to get a lot of people identified, brought to trial, and restitution is remarkable.
The report sounds bad and really is when considering these are not upstanding citizens they are using as informants but often illegals and cartel members whose very lives rely on the anonymity and the promises of support from enforcement. That those people go missing could signal several things from deaths and suspicious disappearances to being double agents for the cartels.
One would hope that given the nature of those in the program, enforcement would be extremely careful about knowing at all times where these people are and what they are doing but that is nearly an impossible task at the most calm of times, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be when fighting on so many fronts over the last two years. That is no excuse though when these dangerous felons simply vanish into the void.
Still, the management in each of the divisions did respond and generally positively to each of the suggested changes made by the OIG and we can only pray these missing informants within the program are found and will be better monitored in the future for their sakes and the safety of people in our country.