The more time that passes and investigations into just what went on during the Obama Administration concludes, the more we find out just how sloppy the people running the show were. Not only did the Department of Justice “lose” quite a number of firearms in the Fast and Furious scandal, but now we find out they also brought in “help” in the form of foreign nationals to serve as snitches and witnesses and then lost track of them.
According to the DOJ’s inspector general:
The Department of Justice “sponsored” about 5,500 foreign nationals to come to or stay in the country between 2015 and 2017 in order to provide assistance to the DOJ in criminal cases, according to a June audit from the DOJ inspector general.
Sixty-two absconded, escaping the DOJ’s monitoring, and in 18 cases, DOJ components “did not request sponsorship renewal or termination in a timely manner and therefore let the foreign nationals fall into an illegal status,” according to the report.
“Failing to report instances of absconsion inhibits DHS’s ability to execute its responsibilities to locate and handle absconders. This is especially problematic for law enforcement-sponsored foreign nationals because these individuals often have criminal histories or are involved with criminal organizations,” the report said.
Well, isn’t that special. The nation’s highest level of law enforcement could not contain their own assets, and now we have no idea where they are.
As it happens, the DOJ is not the only government agency that brings people in after certifying that they can actually keep them contained after a fashion.
If the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) want to bring such a person in the country, it “certifies that it assumes responsibility for the control and legal status of the foreign national, including monitoring the location and activities of the individual and ensuring notification to [the Department of Homeland Security] upon sponsorship termination,” the report said.
It would be enlightening to know just how many criminals the other agencies have brought in and lost after certifying that they could keep them under control.