May 10, 2006, - 12:42 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
While the CBP (Customs & Border Protection) division of Homeland Security is alerting Mexicans about the Minutemen (who are doing the job CBP higher-ups don’t want their agents to do), our favorite Princess is doing her part to waste tax dollars in non-immigration enforcement efforts, too.
We hear from our sources inside ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that agency sachem Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” is wasting your tax money–meant for immigration “enforcement”–to hire personal lawyers for herself. While we agree that ICE, like any agency, needs lawyers for policy matters and to ensure that all actions are legal and will withhold challenge by defense lawyers, ICE already has a whole raft of lawyers–the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA).
So why has Julie Myers hired a guy named Wayne L. Baker as her personal counsel, “Counsel to the Assistant Secretary”? Baker is now a Senior Executive Status (SES)-level ICE employee. That means that he makes well over $140,000 per year. That’s money that could be better used to hire several entry-level ICE agents to investigate and pick up illegal aliens within our borders.
But the money isn’t going to those efforts. Because The ICE Princess isn’t serious about those efforts. But she’s very serious about helping herself (which is why she chose herself for the job). You are paying for more than a few ICE lawyers, but apparently they are not good enough for the ICE Princess.
More about Baker: He was apparently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, as was The ICE Princess. (He was also a law clerk for a Federal Judge in New York.) Is he one of her many cronies? Probably. He participated in an indictment of the Norte Valle Colombian drug cartel in 2004. He wrote a law review article about sovereign immunity of Indian tribes in gaming issues, which we’re sure will come in real handy if and when ICE gets into the casino biz. (While it is true that Indian tribes on the Northern border–particularly New York–have helped Muslims smuggle illegal immigrants and cigarettes, we doubt Ms. Myers is looking into that issue.)
Until then it’s just more waste of your tax-dollars that were meant to stop the tidal wave of illegal aliens, but are, instead, spent for The ICE Princess’ accoutrement collection.
As one ICE Agent told us:
I’m not sure exactly what he is doing, but he is supposedly pissing off a lot of people. I’ve heard him referred to as a “f—ing idiot.”
What a waste of money! I guess she’s [The ICE Princess] not getting the service she wants from the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA).
We remember, just months ago, when ICE was out of money. Agents told me they did not have pens, files to open cases, and could not get oil changes on their government vehicles needed for pursuits and surveillance. With waste like this, look for that to happen again, very soon.
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