Friday, April 24, 2009

I see a trend...

Question: What do all these names have in common?
Baldeman Gutierrez Jr.
Derrick Hernandez
Gilmer Hernandez
Oscar Antonio Ortiz
Raul Villarreal
Margarita Crispin
Eric Raymond Macias
Reynaldo Zuñiga
Jose Olivas
Jesus Huizar

Answer: These are the names of 10 United States Border Patrol Agents arrested for various reasons (most due to smuggling illegals across the southern border of the United States).

A rising number of U.S. border enforcement officers are being arrested on corruption charges as Mexican drug cartels look to bribes as a way to get around tougher enforcement, border officials say.

Investigators arrested 21 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on corruption charges in the fiscal year that ended last September, up from eight in the previous 12 months, according to CBP. This year, 14 have been arrested.

Since 2004, 84 officers have been arrested and 62 were convicted, says James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner for internal affairs at CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. That number represents a small fraction of the more than 52,000 people employed by the agency, which enforces U.S. law along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
The ten names you see above resulted from a five minute Google search using the keywords "arrested, border, agent."

I'm not a genius, but I see a trend here. It would seem that the point of origin of each of these names holds a similar quality. Perhaps that's not the smartest way to run the agency. Well, at least it is confined to the Border Patrol...right?

The Muslim-outreach coordinator to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama has resigned amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and various Islamic groups.

Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs by the Obama campaign on July 26, stepped down Monday after an Internet newsletter wrote about his brief stint on the fund's board, which also included a fundamentalist imam.