Aside from the new trial for Chicas, the INS must consider the scope of possible corruption among its Los Angeles agents. After all, one of the informants in the case said Gardona was accompanied by what appeared to be two other agents when he delivered a group of immigrants to Quintanilla. In addition, in a separate case, an INS officer was charged with sexual harassment and soliciting bribes from women seeking political asylum.
Douglas Ingraham, an attorney representing two plaintiffs in the case, said he sees a systemic problem at the INS. ”It‘s a failure of the INS to properly supervise its agents.“
Chicas’ attorney Aragon said that he fears the agency will simply seek to cover up misconduct by its agents. Noting that the Department of Justice has been appointed to oversee the LAPD, Aragon challenged the INS to pursue an in-house investigation. ”There‘s no way that other people, other agents, didn’t know about this,“ he said.