May 9, 2007, - 2:21 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Morale at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is at an all-time low.
As I wrote Monday, ICE is ranked at the bottom of federal agencies in workplace satisfaction. But DHS officials piled on the double idiocy of not considering ICE “law enforcement” in a recruitment ad and also requiring ICE to justify its existence in questionnaires about how many college graduates it has.
So, yesterday, ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” had a meeting about morale in “her” agency–something, which after a year and a half on the job, she just noticed is very low. Here is what one agent in the know writes (there is salty language because that’s the stage of frustration at which this agency hovers):
Myers held a meeting yesterday with her upper management staff to address morale issues. Maybe if she got off her lazy fucking ass and hit the road, she would get the answers she is looking for. I hear that nobody wanted to talk during the meeting because of what might happen to them. I can’t believe what has happened to my law enforcement career since this sham [ICE] was put together. It’s unbelievable that nobody in Congress gives a shit about these things. Instead of having those who are protecting their jobs testify, maybe they could put a few of us up there to actually tell the truth. God help us . . . .
I can think of a great way to instantly improve morale. First, the ICE Princess should fire all of her directors and top “leadership.” And immediately after, she should resign and tell the President to pull his absurd renomination of her. Pronto.
Meanwhile, another ICE agent says that ICE could have prevented some of the Fort Dix Six Islamic terrorists from ever plotting, because they should have and could have been deported. And he has some important insights. (I don’t agree with his general attack on all former Customs agents–I think there are good and bad agents that came from both the INS and Customs. But the “leadership” is overall horrid. And with morale being the way it is, it’s hard for people–even law enforcement–to succesfully do their jobs.):
What does the Fort Dix plot and 9/11 have in common? The answer is both had alien overstays involved in the crimes. Three of the six plotting to shoot up the fort had overstayed their admissions just as the majority of the hijackers on 9/11.
The learning curve has never been approached as this country still allows illegal aliens to wander about. If ICE investigations had more agents working immigration leads instead of priortizing Customs work there could be at least some semblance of control in locating overstays. (In Orange County, California alone, there are only four agents devoted to employer enforcement as well as locating targeted aliens that have overstayed with something like a 17% success rate in arrest and removal).
I wonder what would have been said had this plot hatched. The FBI has a video store clerk to thank for escaping this embarassment. However, where did these people get their money to operate? This cell had some support and I am highly suspicious that this was not home grown terrorism as is being touted.
The legacy Customs people involved in ICE who abhor arresting aliens illegally in the United States need to be shown the door, like Ms. Myers and Ms. Forman. None of them are dedicated to immigration enforcement.
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