April 18, 2006, - 3:37 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
First, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency charged with enforcing immigration laws (and not letting good agents do so) got some woman they picked up from the mall to head it up–Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess.”
Now, sources inside the ICE Palace tell us that the incompetent, unqualified ICE Princess is pregnant and will be gone on maternity leave, soon. “The prevailing thought is a late fall departure on maternity leave and the end of her recess appointment,” a source says. (Though, we’ve reported that Bush quietly reanointed her for a longer appointment until the end of his lackluster, border-hemorrhaging 2nd term.)
Is this good news or bad news? Well, The ICE Princess hasn’t done much, except smile for her modeling portfolio a/k/a the “ICE Update” (ICE’s in-house newsletter for agents) and order ICE agents to release 70-plus illegal aliens in Texas without even checking their IDs. Oh, and there was that order to ICE agents to stay away from (and not arrest anyone at) the illegal alien Woodstocks taking place these past few weeks all over America.
But without the ICE Princess, the agency will be run by the same old mess of incompetents that are basically running things for her, anyway (since she is in way over her ICE Princess head). It seems like a wash.
With the ICE Princess on leave in the fall, it reminds us why we object to women in such leadership positions. Her incompetence aside, if she knew she was going to have a baby, she should NOT have nominated herself for such a serious FULL-TIME job (and stuck to her real talent: making party favors with White House trinkets, like Paris Hilton’s mom, instead).
Being Immigration chieftess, especially at this time, is not a job that can accommodate being a new mom. And being a mom is a job that cannot accommodate being Immigration chieftess. She must choose. But she won’t, and her kid and the American people will suffer. She’s already shown her selfishness and callousness to America, by picking herself for the ICE leadership position (she was in charge of the job search at the White House Office of Personnel Management).
We have visions of Massachusetts former Acting Governor Jane Swift, who couldn’t handle the job and mommyhood at the same time. So she illegally made taxpayers do the mommyhood duties (paying for transport of the twin brats, nannying, and picking up hubby’s dry cleaning).
And that brings us to other female-occupied high positions in ICE. One is held by Traci Lembke, Acting ICE Ethics Princess. Although she spends most of her time protecting her unethical ICE Agent friends (and card playing cronies), like Abu Moskowitz, and not investigating serious ethics violations (but going after petty ones committed by people she doesn’t like), she cannot handle the long hours demanded on the job. A divorced, single mother wants shorter hours. Sources say that The ICE Princess (Myers) redrew the position for Lembke so that she can work from home, have shorter hours, etc.–all while the taxpayers are paying her high salary (around $140,000 plus, sources say). Would a man get such job conditions? No way, Jose.
Then, there’s the shopping and mystery novelist conventions female federal agents, including ones from ICE, get to go to on your tax dime. The ICE Princess may be taking spawning leave in the fall, but not before she and ICE Director of Investigations Marcy Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty” get to attend the June Women in Federal Law Enforcement confab. Mystery novelist David Baldacci is speaking, as is The ICE Princess (puh-leeze, if she’s a woman in law enforcement, so was Farrah Fawcett). Male federal agents have complained to us that it is a day off for chick agents to sign in and go shopping for purses. Hearing a mystery writer isn’t exactly work, either.
We propose a Men in Law Enforcement Poker Day. Turnabout is fair play, and we believe in equality.
Bottom Line: Don’t look for the illegal alien problem to get better. Look for it to get WORSE!
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