Venezuela has been emptying its prisons of violent criminals and sending them to the U.S. southern border, according to DHS.
The report said that the prisoners have been traveling with the large caravans regularly making their way north to the border. One Border Patrol source compared it to Fidel Castro’s actions during t he Mariel boat lift in the 1980s.
The report instructs Border Patrol agents to identify the Venezuelan prisoners trying to cross the border, but without a database of prisoners, that’s all but impossible. As one Border Patrol source said: “Unless we apprehend someone who voluntarily tells us they have committed a violent crime in Venezuela, we can only guess and that doesn’t work well. They will more than likely be released.”