“How many Americans have been harmed or murdered at the hands of these known [criminal alien] felons?”
“We’re likely to never know the answer to that because the Department of Justice and the FBI, as we’ve witnessed with the Spygate scandal, are more focused on covering [up] evidence of their corrupt activities and failures, than actually enforcing the law.” – Inspector General Michael Horowitz
Operation Fast and Furious was a program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that allowed thousands of guns to be smuggled into Mexico, where they fell into the hands of drug lords and other criminals.
Americans were shocked to learn that several of those guns were discovered at the crime scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who possessed the reputation of a true hero.
Following an ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice’s Use of Immigration Sponsorship Programs, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report that revealed a gross dereliction of the Justice Department’s duty to protect Americans.
“Horowitz’s OIG probe received little if any news coverage of the Fast & Furious scandal. To this day, not one Obama administration official or federal law enforcement officer has been indicted for the secret operation that many believe was part of the Obama vilification of U.S. gun owners and licensed gun sellers,” said former NYPD detective and prosecutor Mike Snopes.
The gross negligence stems from a DOJ program that provides for sponsoring (bringing to the United States) foreign nationals who have information useful in criminal and terrorism investigations and prosecutions.
Department of Justice (DOJ) components can sponsor foreign nationals to be present in the United States to help support investigations and prosecutions. These individuals may otherwise be considered inadmissible to the United States due to their association with criminal enterprises. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorizes law enforcement agencies to sponsor these individuals if DOJ accepts responsibility for them and ensures they depart when appropriate.
The results of the audit show just how recklessly the program was administered by Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s DOJ.
DOJ components must be vigilant in exercising their responsibilities for overseeing sponsored foreign nationals to fulfill their obligations to DHS, to protect the public, and to achieve their objectives of furthering investigations and prosecutions. In 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 sponsorships. In addition, during our audit, we identified a total of 62 sponsored foreign nationals who had absconded from DOJ control.
Understand who these people are. They are gun-runners, human traffickers, and members of drug cartels who used the information they had on others to negotiate a soft landing in the United States.
How many of these dangerous criminals were actually brought here and then ignored?
“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.”
These sponsored individuals represent a considerable threat to society if not properly managed.
The OIG found…
… that the DOJ components we reviewed failed to effectively coordinate with DHS on significant sponsorship events, as evidenced by DHS reporting to DOJ components in February 2018 that it had identified over 1,000 DOJ SPBP sponsorships that had expired and for which DHS did not have current information. After 6 months, 665 of these sponsorships were still in need of resolution.
How many Americans have been harmed or murdered at the hands of these known felons?
We’re likely to never know the answer to that because the Department of Justice and the FBI, as we’ve witnessed with the Spygate scandal, are more focused on covering evidence of their corrupt activities and failures, than actually enforcing the law.
The FBI stated in its response that:
“It has established a compliance team including a supervisory special agent (SSA) who in the future will be co-located at DHS to work closely with DHS on sponsorship compliance, including locating individuals identified as absconders. The FBI believes that the SSA performing database checks, case file reviews, and coordinating with the FBI field offices and handling agents will help resolve sponsorship issues including [sic] absconsions.
“Further, the FBI stated that DHS will be providing a list of unresolved sponsorships on a monthly basis. This recommendation to the FBI can be closed when we receive evidence supporting the appointment of the SSA and the agreement with DHS for this individual to be co-located at DHS, as well as evidence of when the individual begins work at DHS. Additionally, the FBI should provide evidence of its actions to assist DHS in locating individuals identified as having absconded.”
The Inspector General Michael Horowitz
Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16, 2012, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Mr. Horowitz was previously confirmed by the Senate in 2003 to serve a six-year term as a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
As Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz oversees a nationwide workforce of more than 500 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. Since 2015, he has simultaneously served as the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an organization comprised of all 74 federal Inspectors General.
Mr. Horowitz worked from 2002 to 2012 as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. He also was a board member of the Ethics Resource Center and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.