July 9, 2016
LISTEN: Former Border Patrol agent David Cruz on the latest episode of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read my earlier reporting on Cruz and the family ties among corruption cases here.
One border official did it for sex. Another blamed depression and financial trouble. Yet another allegedly received cash and a “deluxe” hot tub worth $10,000.
The circumstances of their crimes differ, but prosecutors say these defendants have something in common: The corrupt actions they’re accused of weakened the same U.S. borders and ports of entry they were assigned to protect.
On this episode of Reveal, our joint investigation with The Texas Tribune profiles federal border officials who were arrested for or convicted of acts of corruption that allegedly compromised their mission to stop crime and keep their country secure.