May 17, 2007, - 12:01 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Hey, ICE Anti-Schlussel Task Force. Here’s another fact-laden post for your “Patrol of Rumors and Negativity” (PoRN):
Remember how I told you that Department of Homeland Security “leadership” sent ICE “leadership” a questionnaire asking how many agents have college degrees? It was designed to force ICE to justify its Customs functions (and likely it’s very existence).
I’m a college grad. But, hey, if you spent four years partying at drunken frat parties or learning about the virtues of Madonna in a liberal arts class, that’s far more valuable to law enforcement than if you were a beat cop learning actual law enforcement, right?
I am now hearing that by the end of the summer–and likely before–there will be no more “Customs” in ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What was once the nation’s oldest and most successful law enforcement agency (U.S. Customs Service) will be absolutely kaput.
The name of the agency will change to Immigration and Criminal Enforcement–an original idea for the agency’s name, which was tabled because it ignored the Customs functions. Under the new and unimproved ICE with a new name, Legacy Customs agents–the ones with college degrees–will be transferred to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Secret Service to replace agents in those agencies who’ve retired or quit. Some will remain in ICE, but will no longer pursue any Customs Investigations whatsoever.
Every employee at ICE in the know is wondering about his/her professional futures . . . except The ICE Princess–ICE Chieftess Julie L. Myers. She’ll improperly occupy her job until the end of this year, unless Senator Wyden removes his hold on her nomination and the rest of the idiots in the Senate confirm her, which is doubtful.
Agents rightfully worry that the Customs mission–investigating violations of Customs laws, including money laundering and weapons smuggling will fall through the cracks. No-one knows which agency–if any at all–will investigate violations of those laws, making the engagement thereof fair game for terrorists and other criminals.
Dumb question: Wasn’t the creation of Homeland Security and the creation of ICE perpetrated to eliminate the INS? While that was a bad idea, for sure, it hasn’t even turned out that way. Instead the INS has reconstituted with the worst of Customs running it, while the old Customs agency has been eliminated instead.
Way to do, Michael Chertoff a/k/a Mr. Burns and The ICE Princess. You’ve regressed a long way, baby.
I hope I am wrong about these rumors and that, instead, separate Customs and Immigration agencies are set up, like they used to have before the DHS Debacle. We’ll see. Like I said, I hope I’m wrong and that my sources are, too. But it appears they are right.
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