May 5, 2006, - 12:23 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents who contacted us did not believe a word of ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers’ much-hyped speech, yesterday. It was more of the same fertilizer and hyperbole, they told us.
Bottom line for America: It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money, promoting tough talk about stemming the tidal wave of illegal aliens. But more of the same behavior to the contrary.
In fact, one agent said The ICE Princess’ immigration enforcement rhetoric in yesterday’s speech employed so much bluster, you’d think she was Tom Tancredo. Instead, she acts like the anti-Tancredo, forcing agents to release illegal alien workers without verifying their IDs and forcing Detention & Removal Operations to release illegal aliens to make room for her well-televised show arrests of illegals from IFCO systems (most of whom were since released).
Yup, the fertilizer was out in full force.
Here is the first of two good analyses of her speech, which we received from ICE agents:
I am a former INS employee now in ICE. I didn’t see the speech, but I did read the transcipt that came out today. There’s one part where she talked about the reputation ICE has built up for itself over the past three years, and that was all that I could handle. The reputation we’ve got is unresponsive at best and
obstructionist at worst, but I don’t think that’s quite what she was talking about.
The priorities seemed to have very little to do with immigration. It’s always the missions of the other components that got swept into ICE, after the trademark part about all the swell people she met on her most recent trips.
It’s actually kind of funny in a way, because INS people always asked each other, with typical gallows humor, how things in our agency could get any worse.
Now we know.
Here’s the second one:
I’m sure someone has already sent you a copy of the propaganda Julie read today. Although she may believe it, it was the big pile of manure you expected. She regaled us with her tales of travel around the country (which she quickly tired of and stopped) and dropped a few names from all the programs in ICE to let us know she cares about each program. She also sounded like Tom Tancredo talking about how tough we were getting in enforcing immigration laws.
But, what doesn’t come out in the speech is that between her and the rest of the agency is the great Customs Triumvirate of John Clark [DS: ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary], Gary Lang [DS: ICE Chief of Staff], and Marcy Forman [a/k/a "Peppermint Patty"] and this rhetoric that she spewed for the press gets translated into “We are a Customs Investigations agency and if you’re anything but a legacy Customs investigator, you’re nothing.” FPS is a complete outsider that has only lost money into the black hole of the ICE finance world. DRO, the program that was poised to take on the immigration enforcement for ICE, has been relegated to a red-headed stepchild with a trust fund. Folks like [DS: Name and location of innocent, hard-working ICE agent redacted to protect him/her from persecution by ICE "leadership"--which hates the innocent & hard-working] are considered persona non grata because they want to do their job. Your real story shouldn’t be about Julie, but about those that are really running the agency – into the ground.
Note: I’m not taking sides on the Customs v. INS thing here. Both have their points, which is why I never supported the merger and wish they were separate again. I did not get responses about The ICE Princess’ speech from the Legacy Customs agents, which mention their former agency. (If I did, I’d post the best of those, too.)
Tags: America, chief of staff, Customs Investigations, Debbie Schlussel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Federal Reserve System, finance world, Gary Lang, John Clark, Julie L. Myers, legacy Customs investigator, Marcy Forman, Princess, Tom Tancredo