A recent Department of Homeland Security intelligence report received by Border Patrol directs officers to search for Venezuelan detainees released from entering the United States, according to a source within CBP. The report, reviewed by Breitbart Texas, says the Venezuelan government, under the leadership of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing detainees, including some convicted of murder, rape and extortion.
The intelligence report warns officers that the released prisoners were seen in migrant caravans traveling from Tapachula, Mexico to the US-Mexico border as recently as July. The source, not authorized to speak to the media, told Breitbart Texas that the decision recalls a similar action taken by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during the Mariel boat lift in the 1980s.
The report does not say whether the released detainees were traveling as a cohesive group, but does say it was commonly believed among migrants traveling to the United States in a trailer in July that many of the Venezuelan migrants in the group were convicts and included hardened ones. the criminals.
The report does not specify that the release of the convicts – knowing that they would go to the United States – could be a deliberate geopolitical move specifically intended to impact the national security of the United States. Another information gap cited in the report acknowledges the unknown role that the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), the Venezuelan equivalent of the CIA, may have played in the deliberate disclosures.
The source says the task of identifying Venezuelans who have criminal records in their home country is nearly impossible. Of the thousands of Venezuelan migrants making their way daily along the US-Mexico border, most, the source said, are released in the United States. Without effective diplomatic relations with Venezuela, the source says access to criminal databases in that country simply does not exist.
“Unless we apprehend someone who willfully tells us they committed a violent crime in Venezuela, we can only guess and it doesn’t work out well,” the source told Breitbart. “They will more than likely be released.”
The source says it is not known how many have already been released inside the United States to seek asylum.
According to CBP, between October 2021 and July 2022, more than 130,000 Venezuelan migrants were encountered after illegally entering the United States. In fiscal year 2020, less than 5,000 people were apprehended. This represents an increase of nearly 3,000%. In a Texas-based Border Patrol sector, unique groups of hundreds of mostly Venezuelan migrants cross into the United States daily.
The report does not specify the location or destination of the released convicts. Frustrated by the increase in the number of migrant crossings along the southwest border, Republican governors in Texas and Florida have begun ferrying migrants, mostly Venezuelans, to Washington DC, New York and Chicago. Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chartered flights for 50 mostly Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. The migrants were quickly ferried from the wealthy island town by National Guard soldiers to nearby Joint Base Cape Cod.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol Stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.