There seems to be one surefire way for an illegal immigrant — even if they are a convicted narcotics trafficker fresh from prison — to be allowed to remain in the United States:
Become an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Think of it as the DEA’s version of the DREAM Act or an H1-B visa for a foreigner who excels in the highly specialized field of snitching.
In a recent U.S. District Court filing, federal prosecutors disclosed the sweet deal that one such criminal struck with investigators.
The confidential informant, who is only referred to as “CI#1,” spent about a decade in prison for drug trafficking. Usually, when someone in the country illegally finishes a lengthy federal prison term, they are turned over to immigration officials and then deported to their home country.
However, in the case of “CI#1,” the felon opted to join Team America.
The informant, who was freed in 2001, “has been proactively cooperating with the DEA since that time,” according to a footnote in a May court filing. Information provided by the snitch, prosecutors noted, has been corroborated by “independent evidence, including consensually recorded telephone calls, surveillance and recorded meetings.”