The Department of Homeland Security: the largest police force nobody monitors | Marisa Franco & Paromita Shah

The Department of Homeland Security: the largest police force nobody monitors | Marisa Franco & Paromita Shah
By Marisa Franco and Paromita Shah

The agency has half the internal affairs investigators that the NYPD does, and for a force that’s twice the size

More than 55,000 armed law enforcement officers operate inside of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the foot soldiers of the mass deportation system. They work as you would expect any police force to operate but without even the semblance of oversight.

With an annual budget line item of $18bn solely for immigration enforcement the federal government spends more on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (BPE) than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Yet the systems to monitor the vast network of field directors, detention officers and arresting officers under its purview are either non-existent or wracked with the same corruption they’re intended to prevent.

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November 19, 2015 at 11:15AM
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