From Not The Onion:
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was arrested Friday for conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers arrested David Alexander Díaz-Torres in Orlando, Fla., according to the Justice Department.
Díaz-Torres and five others were charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.
According to a Justice Department press release, a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Díaz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them.
The group then flew to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on commercial flights.
“It is very troubling when law enforcement authorities have to arrest a corrupt federal employee who is alleged to have undermined our nation’s security, our overall safety, and the public trust and confidence we place in those chosen to protect and serve,” A U.S. attorney said in a statement. [No shit. –Ed.]
I tend to view the whole immigration debate with a high degree of amusement because the discussion is mostly theoretical. By this I mean that illegal immigrants are coming into the United States in droves, with the help of the federal government even, so the real question is really whether the United States’ immigration laws should be worded in such a way so as to admit the current reality.
But more to the point, it is truly mind-boggling that someone who is being paid by citizens to enforce customs and immigration is doing the exact opposite of his job. It’s akin to a firefighter moonlighting (heh) as an arsonist. Whether you think US immigration policy is stupid, counter-productive, or flat-out wrong is irrelevant, once you sign an employment contract saying you’ll enforce immigration laws to the best of your ability, your opinion no longer matters, and should not override your contractual obligations.
Really, though, the bigger problem is that corruption has become so entrenched in the federal government that it has spread even to minor players in the less-significant bureaucracies. This, of course, is indicative of a larger problem and portends the coming dissolution of the federal government, thanks to the inevitable decomposition that tends to accompany rot, both physical and moral.
Obviously, the coming collapse of social order doesn’t bode so well, especially since it is always the honest and uncorrupted who get completely fucked over. There’s something undeniably sick about the United States, and the only cure left is necessarily potent. Unfortunately, the cure just might end up being worse than the disease.