May 30, 2006, - 1:43 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
We came across a precious Dallas Morning News interview with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) chiefatrix Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess,” when we noticed a pointed letter to the editor in response. More about the letter, later.
First, the interview. The headline is laughable: “Julie L. Myers: Securing America and Its Borders.” Is there ANYONE (other than The ICE Princess and her well-connected husband) who really believes that she has done a thing to secure America and its borders? Thankfully, in August, she’ll start maternity leave and, likely, not return.
Apparently, the Dallas Morning News didn’t get the memo: Most of the border stuff is handled by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Like Hugh Hewitt, this paper clearly has NOT done its homework and keeps hammering on the proposed border fence. She’s not in charge of the fence (thankfully)! Get it right, and ask better questions.
Then there was this:
Dallas Morning News: Clark Kent Ervin, the former Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, cited your appointment as an example of what he considers the Bush administration’s habit of putting politically connected people in positions of authority instead of those most qualified to do the job. How do you respond?
Julie Myers: Well, it’s not the first time I’ve heard that (laughs).
[DS: That she's not qualified but got the job, anyway, is cause for laughter? Haha Funny. You really got us, ICE Princess.]
You know, I think I’ve already started to show some tremendous results with this agency.
[DS: Such as? Name one.]
I think I was underestimated. In fact, I think misidentified.
[DS: Uh . . . not really.]
I was previously unanimously confirmed by the Senate to supervise a law enforcement agency that had nationwide responsibility in export enforcement, which the former Customs Enforcement did, and which ICE now does.
[DS: Anyone know what law enforcement agency she headed before ICE? She NEVER supervised ANY law enforcement agency. Quit lying.]
There are very few individuals who have had that position. I served as chief of staff to Michael Chertoff, who is now the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In that, I oversaw large portions of the criminal division – worked on a lot of those immigration issues and customs issues from the view of the criminal division – and had earned his complete trust. I had also served as deputy assistant secretary for money laundering and financial crimes, in which I oversaw a lot of regulatory things on the financial side, worked with immigration issues in terms of particular consular cards and the Patriot Act, those sorts of things. I think I’m proving my critics wrong, and I’m having a great time running this agency.
Now, THIS is the money quote. “I’m having a great time running this agency.” Like way totally cool, I’m a girl from the mall who gets my own office, parking space, free flights to Kansas. Awwwwesome.
Is this a sorority party or an immigration agency that’s supposed to end the illegal alien invasion? Judging from her comments, it’s the former. And we’re not the only ones who noticed.
Check out this “Letter to the Editor” from eagle-eyed Dallas Morning News reader Cara Lyons Lege:
Her Great Time Isn’t Mine
Re: “Securing America and its borders,” Q&A with Julie L. Myers, May 21 Points.
This political appointee’s quotes are dumbfounding: “I am not a fencing expert,” “… not an expert on fencing,” “… haven’t spent much time on fencing.”
But, on the plus side, she oversaw a lot of “regulatory things,” and Secretary Michael Chertoff likes her.
Let’s not overlook this: “I’m having a great time running this agency.” People are dying, and she’s having a great time.
My head is going to explode.
Cara Lyons Lege, Frisco
Right on, Cara!
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