Over the last 10 years, almost 200 Homeland Security workers have taken bribes from foreigners totaling over $15 million dollars. Ranging from allowing undocumented immigrants to cross borders, selling green cards and allowing drugs to cross borders, these widespread bribes have hindered the ability of the department to effectively perform its duties.
The Department of Homeland Security employs over 250,000 people, and the number of people that have been complicit in taking bribes represents a small fraction of the total workforce, but it is undeniable that corruption within the department exists, and has been continuing for a long time. Despite the low percentage of compromised workers, even a single Homeland Security agent can provide large amounts of sensitive information that can cause major issues with border security.
These security issues stem from multiple inadequacies within the department. First, lax screening measures when hiring new workers have led to actual cartel members passing job screening programs, and second, low budgets for internal affairs investigators have hindered the ability of internal affairs to investigate corruption accusations. However, officials have recognized these glaring issues and have recently begun to take proactive measures in tightening security, with the Trump administration stating that border security would be one of its “highest concerns.”