Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

CA: Border agent said to also be smuggler
San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 8/5/05 | Onell R. Soto and Leslie Berestein

Posted on 08/05/2005 8:17:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

A Mexican man who used a fake U.S. birth certificate to get into the Border Patrol was helping to smuggle illegal immigrants, authorities said yesterday.

Oscar Antonio Ortiz, 28, an El Cajon-based Border Patrol agent on administrative leave, was arrested yesterday and charged in San Diego federal court with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

He also is charged with conspiring with another Border Patrol agent to smuggle immigrants and is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court this morning.

There is no indication in court records that the other agent, who was not identified, has been arrested.

In wiretapped calls, the two agents talked repeatedly about smuggling illegal immigrants through the border area they patrolled east of Tecate this spring, according to a complaint filed in court.

In one instance, they are heard talking about how to negotiate with a Mexican smuggler. In another, the other agent talks to a family member about how much money he would get if he just let the smuggling happen as opposed to smuggling people himself.

The two were working with a man in Mexico identified only as "Sol" or "Soldado," which means soldier.

In a May 4 wiretapped conversation, the other agent told Ortiz, "Talk numbers and don't go too low with him."

"I don't know how the guy wants to work, but I'll talk with him," Ortiz said.

"If he's just going to use our area, we can't ask for anything more," the other agent said.

Two weeks later, the other patrol agent told a family member that he was helping to smuggle 30 to 50 immigrants at a time, according to the court filing.

"We don't do anything, just clear the way and we get $300 per head," the other agent said, according to the wiretap. "But if we put in, then it's $2,000 or $1,800."

Ortiz and the other agent were placed on administrative leave in early June, around the time authorities dismantled a drug ring headed by an Encinitas gang member.

The agents knew some of the 28 accused drug dealers, but the two groups weren't working together, a sheriff's lieutenant said at the time.

Border Patrol agents must be U.S. citizens.

According to papers filed in court yesterday, Ortiz claimed to have been a U.S. citizen born in Chicago when he applied for the Border Patrol job in October 2001.

He provided a copy of an Illinois birth certificate. But when investigators checked the number on that document with records there, they discovered it belonged to someone else.

Ortiz, according to the court filing, was born in Tijuana and remains a Mexican citizen.

The idea that someone could be hired to guard the border by using false citizenship documents is "mind-boggling," said T.J. Bonner, the San Diego-based president of the National Border Patrol Council.

"I would think that would be the very first thing they would check," Bonner said.

Background checks for Border Patrol agents were once done by the FBI, Bonner said. For several years, though, subcontractors have been doing them, he said.

But he puts more of the blame for such security breaches on what he considers rushed hiring.

"These background checks are allowed to just poke along while the person is hired," Bonner said. "They are rushed to get that warm body on board, and they neglect to thoroughly conduct a background check."

Former local union president Joe Dassaro said he thinks subcontracting is a problem.

"They deal in quantity, not quality," said Dassaro, now a labor relations consultant. "By the nature of their contract they need to get people into the Border Patrol, not keep people out.

Ortiz shouldn't expect the union to rally behind him, Bonner said.

"We don't want people smuggling or breaking any laws being a Border Patrol agent," he said. "Don't expect the union to be representing this guy in court."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; Politics/Elections; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: agent; aliens; also; border; borders; bordersecurity; bushamnesty; calborder; dhs; donutwatch; homelandsecurity; illegalaliens; illegalimmigrants; immigrantlist; invasionusa; openborders; patrol; smuggler

1 posted on 08/05/2005 8:17:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

fyi

We Haz met da enemy and it is WE,, uhh No, 'them',, uhh, WE ,, uuhhhhh


2 posted on 08/05/2005 8:18:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Antonio Ortiz, 28, an El Cajon-based Border Patrol agent on administrative leave, was arrested yesterday and charged in San Diego federal court with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

But still collecting full pay on leave!

3 posted on 08/05/2005 8:21:51 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge; Happy2BMe; gubamyster; HiJinx

You just can't make this stuff up!


4 posted on 08/05/2005 8:24:05 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Come on, Norm, you must be a troll. Next you'll be posting rubbish that says there are Communists posing as journalists.



/extreme sarcasm


5 posted on 08/05/2005 8:27:03 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3rdcanyon; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; ...

Bad Apple Bump...


6 posted on 08/05/2005 8:30:37 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Serving Those Who Serve Us ~ Operation Semper Fi ~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Wonderful News...


7 posted on 08/05/2005 8:33:07 AM PDT by fhlh (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

You know there should be an extreme penalty for using fake documents. I don't know what they do to people, but it couldnt be much, since they seem to willing to use them. ANd of course, for anyone making fake documents for people...deport them to the worst 3rd world country we can come up with, even if they are legitimate American citizens....
susie


8 posted on 08/05/2005 8:39:39 AM PDT by brytlea (All you need as ID to vote in FL is your Costco card...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Ortiz shouldn't expect the union to rally behind him, Bonner said. "We don't want people smuggling or breaking any laws being a Border Patrol agent," he said. "Don't expect the union to be representing this guy in court."

That's an understatement!

9 posted on 08/05/2005 8:42:48 AM PDT by afnamvet (Jet noise...The Sound of Freedom™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afnamvet

"We don't want people smuggling or breaking any laws being a Border Patrol agent," he said. "Don't expect the union to be representing this guy in court."
---


LOL


That's cuz the ACLU already has dibs on this case. lol ;-)


10 posted on 08/05/2005 8:45:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: HiJinx
Bad Apple Bump...

And how many others are there ?
We are currently appear to be the stupidest people on God's green earth.

11 posted on 08/05/2005 8:50:50 AM PDT by jokar (On line data base http://www.trackingthethreat.com/db/index.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
That's cuz the ACLU already has dibs on this case.

Yeah,need to keep the ACLU busy sucking out of our taxpayers' pockets.

12 posted on 08/05/2005 8:57:00 AM PDT by afnamvet (Jet noise...The Sound of Freedom™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
That's cuz the ACLU already has dibs on this case. lol ;-)

And the headline reads:

Mexican National Loses Job; Faces Deportation
His crime? Giving humanitarian aid to economic refuges.

13 posted on 08/05/2005 9:07:01 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Don't we still have the death penalty for treason?


14 posted on 08/05/2005 9:07:51 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
A Mexican man who used a fake U.S. birth certificate to get into the Border Patrol was helping to smuggle illegal immigrants, authorities said yesterday.

He was only doing a job that Americans won't do themselves. ;)

15 posted on 08/05/2005 9:09:39 AM PDT by Prince Charles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HiJinx

Hang 'em High ~ Bump!

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


16 posted on 08/05/2005 9:47:14 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Well, that confirms that we need Border Patrol Agents to be TRAINED, not volunteers... not.


17 posted on 08/05/2005 10:09:58 AM PDT by Kevin OMalley (But once life has begun... termination should not be decided merely by desire. Ted Kennedy 1971)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
It seems that almost every time I read a news article these days about a government official being busted for corruption like this one or selling fake drivers licenses or stuff of that nature it seems there is a Spanish surname involved.

It seems that they are bringing the corruption that is endemic in their society with them. So much for assimilation. Instead we are getting degradation. Check my tagline.

18 posted on 08/05/2005 10:38:15 AM PDT by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jackbenimble

DITTO!!


19 posted on 08/05/2005 11:05:12 AM PDT by radar101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

They should give him a life sentence of hard labor.


20 posted on 08/05/2005 11:20:26 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HiJinx; NormsRevenge

Go figure. It sure makes us look pretty darn stupid. Has anyone mentioned this to President Bush? I look forward to his remarks.


21 posted on 08/05/2005 12:28:30 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson