Claimed that attorney’s illegal alien clients, who were slated for deportation, were assisting ICE agents with drug, terrorism and money laundering investigations…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) While the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is being attacked by protest groups and detractors in the news media, a corrupt former agent has done much to erode confidence in the agency from the inside.
Former ICE agent Clifton Divers was in federal court this week, and faces up to four years in prison for cashing in on a scheme to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation.
As an ICE agent, Divers was supposed to enforce U.S. immigration laws.
But according to court documents, he allegedly used his position to run a bribery plot where he and a crooked immigration attorney named Charles Busse profited to the tune of $990,000.
Divers used his top secret security clearance to lie to his counterparts at the Department of Homeland Security about Busse’s clients.
He would claim that the attorney’s illegal alien clients, who were slated for deportation, were assisting ICE agents with drug, terrorism and money laundering investigations.
Such cooperation qualifies illegals for deportation exemptions, except Divers made it all up.
“The highly sensitive nature of the position that Divers held with the Department of Homeland Security cannot be overstated,” prosecutors said.
Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, Albania and even Iraq were among those who bribed the corrupt agent-lawyer duo to stay in the country.
Some bribes reached as much as $20,000.
If not for the corrupt ICE agent, prosecutors claimed, the immigration attorney could not have perpetrated the six-year long criminal conspiracy.
“But for Divers, Busse would not have been able to exploit the overtaxed and broken immigration system in need of reform,” they said.
Busse pleaded guilty in November 2017, and is currently serving a three-year prison stint. His charges also included tax evasion.
Divers was further receiving free legal representation from Busse, who had also given Divers’s daughter cushy summer jobs.