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Border Agent To Be Sentenced For Corruption

A Customs and Border Protection agent could face federal prison for allowing a convicted human trafficker to enter the U.S. at a San Diego border crossing.

City News Service says Thomas Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in San Diego.

Authorities say Silva allowed his brother-in-law, a convicted migrant smuggler, to drive through the San Ysidro crossing from Mexico in April even though he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest.

The nine-year veteran pleaded guilty last fall to concealing a person from arrest. He also pleaded guilty to defrauding an insurance company of about $7,000 by falsely claiming a truck he took to Mexico had been stolen.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 23, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

If I wanted to smuggle drugs I would be a border patrol agent.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 23, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Nothing more corrupt than the federal government.

Allow states to properly police their own borders and corruption will decrease, efficiency will increase, and borders will become secure for a fraction of the cost.

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Avatar for user 'llk'

llk | January 23, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

"Nothing more corrupt than the federal government."

Nothing more reasonable than judging the entire federal government based on the actions of one Thomas Silva.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 23, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Federal Ilk,

Just the latest example added to the countless volumes of corruption.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 23, 2013 at 3:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

How do you think 99% of all government contracts are awarded?

Disneyland vacations, golf trips, nice dinners, etc.

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Avatar for user 'Questions_everywhere'

Questions_everywhere | January 23, 2013 at 3:57 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

You guys act like the states (or whoever you want to give power to) are incorruptible. It's power that corrupts.

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Avatar for user 'RegularChristian'

RegularChristian | January 23, 2013 at 4:29 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Lord Acton's quote the power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely is certainly true. The agents on the border have a lot of power. Perhaps necessarily so. But Lord Acton's observation about human nature applies to them as well. You don't have to be a head of state, or the head of a large organization to become corrupted by power. All you need is absolute power. THus, y also see it in families and petty tyrants.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 24, 2013 at 8:18 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

ILK, do you think CA Off would judge all day traders or the entire private sector over Berne Madoff? lol That would be too much of a pot kettle black moment. In fact, Durkheim categorized someone like Madoff as much more harmful to society at large than even a single homicide--because people like Madoff destroy so many more lives.

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Missionaccomplished | January 24, 2013 at 8:21 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

200% right, Regular Chris.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 24, 2013 at 1:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Questions_everywhere,

I'm not saying states are incorruptible, just less so. The more local government is, the more accountable (and accessible) it is.

Mission,

Madoff was just the tip of the iceberg. But look at who enables, colludes, and profits from the extreme corruption in the banking/finance industry: the US Government. Madoff couldn't have done it without his buddies in Washington.

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