The White House also announced Kevin McAleenan as its nominee to serve as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security.
McAleenan currently works as the deputy commissioner of the CBP, where he “has developed strategies that protect the Nation’s borders from terrorism, and attack transnational criminal networks, while ensuring the flow of legal commerce and travel,” according to the White House press release.
[Trump Nominates Officials For VA, Border Control, By Olivia Beavers, The Hill, March 30, 2017]
This is important in that when the ill-advised Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created, along with the failure of the Bush Administration to adhere to the mandates in the Homeland Security Act (HSA) for the organization of DHS and its components, the legacy employees of USCS came to dominate CBP, and acted to excise legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) employees from positions of influence, going so far as to force thousands out of the agency, along with their experience in immigration law enforcement, in a fit of bureaucratic peek and rivalry.
CBP then became an immigration law enforcement agency headed and dominated by employees uninterested and hostile to immigration law enforcement. Institutional knowledge was lost, and what resulted was that the illegal alien population in the United States suddenly spiked, but not by running the border in the desert, but by entering the United States ostensibly "legally," legally in that these aliens were inspected and admitted by a CBP Officer, but were entering by fraud. Fraud that the legacy USCS managers had no interest or inclination to act to stop. Prior to the HSA, Immigration Inspectors from the legacy INS and Customs Inspectors from the legacy USCS both worked at Ports-of-Entry, the airports, seaports, and land border posts that inspected arriving persons and goods. The Immigration Inspectors and Customs Inspectors had separate duties, skill sets, and entirely different sets of laws to enforce. While they were always rivals for budgets and power, there was grudging respect for the work the other did. And it was better that way. Immigration and customs law and enforcement practices were different universes, and for good reason. The result of the ill advised merger of the INS and USCS was an agency run by legacy Customs employees who gave not one fig for stopping illegal immigration.
The cause is the 9/11 attacks and the bastard step-child of Osama Bin Ladin, the HSA, which mandated the creation of a Bureau of Border Protection (BBP) to manage border security, immigration enforcement in the interior, and customs law enforcement. [RINOs Rush To Legitimize The Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty, by Federale, Federale Blog, August 7, 2014] This was a grave error and compounded by the fact that the Bush Administration was as uninterested in immigration law enforcement as was the successor Obama Regime. And the result of a Customs attitude to immigration enforcement was a massive increase in illegal immigration through Ports-of-Entry, all thanks to the Customs mentality of legacy USCS officers, middle managers, and executives.
In an stunning report, never mind the childish screed against the wall, leftists researchers at the Center for Migration Studies accidentally expose the Visa Overstay Amnesty for illegal aliens who lie to CBP Officers:
The estimates are based primarily on detailed estimates of the undocumented population in 2014 compiled by CMS and estimates of overstays for 2015 derived by DHS. Major findings include the following:
In 2014, about 4.5 million US residents, or 42 percent of the total undocumented population, were overstays.
Overstays accounted for about two-thirds (66 percent) of those who arrived (i.e., joined the undocumented population) in 2014.
Overstays have exceeded EWIs every year since 2007, and 600,000 more overstays than EWIs have arrived since 2007.
Mexico is the leading country for both overstays and EWIs; about one-third of undocumented arrivals from Mexico in 2014 were overstays.
[The 2,000 Mile Wall in Search of a Purpose: Since 2007 Visa Overstays have Outnumbered Undocumented Border Crossers by a Half Million, by Robert Warren and Donald Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies, 2017]
And one of the legacy USCS employees who implemented the Visa Overstay Amnesty was none other than Kevin K. McAleenan. And who has welcomed his nomination, but those concerned with bringing in foreign goods and open borders.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach issued the following statement today following the announcement that Kevin McAleneen, Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, will be nominated to serve as CBP Commissioner pending Senate confirmation:
"We congratulate Kevin McAleenan on his nomination to serve as CBP Commissioner. As a dedicated career civil servant, he was worked with U.S. businesses to facilitate trade across our borders while providing robust enforcement of U.S. trade laws at the border. We look forward to working with Mr. McAleenan on supporting sound international trade policies and job growth in the retail industry," said Hun Quach, Vice President of International Trade for the Retail Industry Leaders Association...
Given the significance of the retail industry to the American economy, RILA's members have served on every Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), CBP's main private sector advisory committee, since it was established.
[Retailers Congratulate Kevin Mcaleenan On Nomination To Serve As CBP Commissioner, by Jason Brewer, Retail Industry Leaders Association, March 31, 2017]
Worse yet, besides being an open borders Customs flack, McAleenan's experience before entering the USCS was as an attorney, which implies he skipped over doing the actual work of a Customs Inspector or Special Agent, and directly appointed to a management position and was a political hire under Jorge Bush.
Mr. McAleenan has previously held several leadership positions at CBP and one of its legacy agencies, the U.S. Customs Service. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McAleenan served as the Area Port Director of Los Angeles International Airport, directing CBP’s border security operations at LAX and 17 other airport facilities in one of CBP’s largest field commands. In December 2011, Mr. McAleenan was named acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations. In this position, he led agency operations to secure the U.S. border while expediting lawful trade and travel at 329 ports of entry in the United States and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries.
Mr. McAleenan received a 2015 Presidential Rank Award, the nation’s highest civil service award. He also received the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, in 2005 for spearheading efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive antiterrorism strategy in the border security context after September 11, 2001.
Mr. McAleenan has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2006. Prior to government service, Mr. McAleenan practiced law in California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.
[CBP Official Biography of Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, CBP, undated]
Note that as Area Port Director for Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, McAleenan was instrumental in allowing illegal aliens to enter with visas through the Los Angeles Airport just when visa overstays started to climb in the early 2000s and reached a majority of illegal aliens in 2007. Clearly he had instructions handed down to the employees on the line to go easy on visa fraud. Note that the above overstay report shows that California was the top destination for illegal aliens who overstay their visa, or more accurately, their period of authorized admission.
California has the largest number of overstays (890,000), followed by New York (520,000), Texas (475,000), and Florida (435,000).
How many of those illegal aliens in California came through the Los Angeles International Airport? Most likely many, all thanks to Kevin McAleenan. The appointment of McAleenan is clearly part of the ongoing failure of the Trump Administration immigration enforcement attempts. And it is clear that the milquetoast Secretary John Kelly, who is no Jumpin' Joe Swing, is behind the McAleenan appointment. Both appear to be against immigration enforcement. Kelly hates the idea of arresting illegal aliens and McAleenan was one of the bureaucrats who rose to power under Obama by contributing to the influx of illegal aliens.
Kris Kobach, a nation turns to you. Cry beloved country.