On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with many of the nation’s police commanders and sheriffs for discussions about facing the U.S.-Mexican border fiasco that was hatched by the administration of former President Barack Obama and the members of the Deep State.
Once again, during this most recent meeting of the Commander in Chief with law enforcement officials, the federal government is facing “caravans” of thousands of migrants from Central America who aren’t planning to take no for an answer to their request for “asylum” in the United States.
One of the major campaign promises from President Trump was the building of a wall separating the U.S. and Mexico that would aid the U.S. Border Patrol and local sheriffs’ offices and police departments in controlling the influx of drug traffickers, violent criminals, organized crime gangs, terrorists, and other malefactors.
While Trump is running into a brick wall of Democrats refusing to fund security upgrades on the southwest border, including an effective physical barrier, he and his security team are attempting to find alternate ways to build a much-needed security wall.
President Trump on Wednesday described his long desired border wall as a major deterrent against illegal immigration, suggesting that the structure will be harder to scale than Mt. Everest once completed.
“I can promise you this: I will never waver from my sacred duty to defend this nation and its people. We will get the job done,” Trump told a joint conference of the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Associations.
“The wall is very, very on its way,” he continued. “And it’s a big wall. It’s a strong wall, and it’s a wall that people aren’t going through very easily. You’d have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one. They would be able to climb Mt. Everest a lot easier, I think. But it’s happening.”
Using Assets Forfeiture to Build a Wall, Upgrade Border Security
Asset forfeiture is a legal mechanism that allows authorities to seize and, provided certain conditions are met, permanently keep cash and property from people suspected of crimes. Forfeiture can happen under the criminal justice system, which requires a criminal conviction in order for property to be permanently forfeited. But it can also proceed under civil law, which does not require a conviction or even a criminal charge to be filed.
When a law enforcement agency forfeits property, it typically gets to keep it for itself, to be used for things such as buying new equipment and paying for staff bonuses. Critics of the practice allege that the ease of forfeiting property and the broad discretion agencies have to use it creates a profit motive. Research from the Institute for Justice, a civil liberties law firm that represents forfeiture defendants, has found that forfeitures increased in eras of budget cuts.
The DOJ’s asset forfeiture fund had a net balance of about $1.5 billion in 2018, roughly triple the balance that was in there in 2001. The Treasury Department maintains a separate asset forfeiture fund with a balance of $2.2 billion as of fiscal year 2017.
Renzulli & Associates, Inc. was established for the purpose of providing investigative and asset forfeiture related services to the federal law enforcement community. Their goal is to assist these agencies to enhance their abilities to effectively utilize asset forfeiture sanctions to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal enterprises. Renzulli & Associates has demonstrated consistent growth, increasingly sophisticated investigative techniques, and outstanding management since its inception.
Our team consists of retired federal criminal investigators, agent/attorneys, experienced former DOJ prosecutors, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and senior executive managers; all subject matter experts. A number of these individuals were responsible for creating, building, and managing the Assert Forfeiture Programs for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Department of Defense/Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Department of State/ Diplomatic Security Service (DS) and Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).
These program have been recognized as highly successful throughout the federal law enforcement community. A number of their senior personnel have served on committees advising the Attorney General and formulating policy for the management agency members of the DOJ Asset Forfeiture Funds. They have also they assisted other Federal agencies in the development of individual asset forfeiture programs/money laundering program.
President Trump should seriously examine Assets Forfeiture as a means to fund border security upgrades despite the outlandish complaints of the leftist Democratic Party and the now water-carrier for the Marxist left who work at American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
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