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EXCLUSIVE: Venezuela empties prisons, sends violent criminals to US border, says DHS report



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A recent Department of Homeland Security intelligence report received by the Border Patrol instructs agents to search for Venezuelan detainees released from entering the US, according to a CBP source. The report, reviewed by Breitbart Texas, indicates that the Venezuelan government, led by Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing prisoners — including some convicted of murder, rape and extortion.

The intelligence report warns agents that the released detainees were seen in July in migrant caravans traveling from Tapachula, Mexico to the US-Mexico border. The source, who is not authorized to speak to the media, told Breitbart Texas the move is reminiscent of a similar move by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during the Mariel boat lift in the 1980s.

The report does not state whether the released detainees traveled as a close-knit group, but does state that it was common knowledge among migrants who traveled to the United States in a caravan in July that many of the Venezuelan migrants in the group were convicts as well as hardened criminals. .

The report does not specify that the release of the convicts — in the knowledge that they would go to the United States — could be a targeted geopolitical move specifically designed to influence U.S. national security. Another information gap mentioned in the report acknowledges the unknown role that the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), Venezuela’s equivalent to the CIA, may have played in the deliberate releases.

The source says it is nearly impossible to identify Venezuelans with criminal records in their home country. Of the thousands of Venezuelan migrants who surrender daily along the US-Mexico border, most are being released into the United States, according to the source. Without effective diplomatic relations with Venezuela, the source says access to criminal databases in that country simply does not exist.

“Unless we arrest someone who voluntarily tells us that they committed a violent crime in Venezuela, we can only guess and that doesn’t work 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 into the interior of the United States to seek asylum.

More than 130,000 Venezuelan migrants were found after illegally entering the United States between October 2021 and July 2022, according to the CBP. Fewer than 5,000 were held in fiscal year 2020. That is an increase of almost 3,000 percent. In a Texas-based border patrol sector, several groups of hundreds, mostly Venezuelan migrants, enter the United States every day.

The report does not specify the location or destination of the released convicts. Frustrated by the increased number of migrants crossing the southwestern border, Republican governors from Texas and Florida began transporting migrants, mostly Venezuelans, to Washington DC, New York City 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 taken by National Guard soldiers from the wealthy island town to nearby Joint Base Cape Cod.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Before retiring, he served as Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations and led operations for nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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