August 18, 2006, - 7:55 pm

Buh-Bye, Abu Moskowitz?: Pro-Islamist to Head Phoenix ICE, Sources Say; Misbehavior Rewarded

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****
Yet, more inside baseball in the federal agency in charge of enforcing immigration laws–and not doing a very good job at it. Inside baseball that should concern all Americans on the outside:
Brian Moskowitz a/k/a Abu Moskowitz–the ever-ambitious, Islamo-pandering Special Agent in Charge of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Michigan and Ohio–may soon be out of his Detroit office on the 18th floor of the McNamara Federal Building. He could be gone in 6 months (not soon enough).
Unfortunately, this high-ranking federal agent–who hung out with a “former” Islamic terrorist and enlisted the “former” terrorist to recruit Arabic speaking ICE agents–is not being fired, which he should be.

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Abu E. Moskowitz: Buh-Bye?

It appears he’s getting a “better” assignment.
Early, this summer, we reported persistent rumors that Moskowitz–the chief federal immigration enforcement officer in the heart of Islamic America–was leaving to take a high position at ICE headquarters in Washington, DC. Now, we hear at least part of the rumor is true. We hear he may soon become the new Special Agent in Charge for Phoenix. If that’s true, pity on all of our friends on Camelback Mountain. And all of those in swanky Scottsdale, where Moskowitz will likely seek to live based on his house in a gazillionaire Bloomfield Hills, Michigan neighborhood.
Roberto Medina, the ICE Special Agent in Charge for Phoenix, is being transferred to the same position in El Paso. Medina was so uncooperative with local law enforcement and their efforts to deport illegal aliens, it makes you wonder why there even is an agency called Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As I wrote recently, things are so bad that principled Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas (for whom I spoke at a November 2005 immigration conference) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio publicly excoriated ICE (and rightly so). In today’s Arizona Republic, Arpaio and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano cheered Medina’s transfer.
But Medina–like his likely replacement Abu Moskowitz–should not be shuffled around like unwanted foster kids. They should be disciplined. That Medina refused to escort illegal aliens to the border and deport them is outrageous and disgraceful. So, of course, ICE rewards him with his dream pre-retirement job of heading ICE’s El Paso office.
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Jihad in Arizona?: Abu Moskowitz to Phoenix?

(Muslim Abu M artwork by Preston Taylor Holmes of Six Meat Buffet)

Ditto for Abu M. He has designated the Michigan Islamic community off-limits to investigations and all illegal alien round-ups, sources say. He focuses only on Latinos–because after all guys name Jorge and Jesus and Juan hijacked the planes on 9/11. Well, at least he’ll be able to best focus on his efforts to break up Latin Jihad in Phoenix.
According to The Arizona Republic, Sheriff Arpaio and Governor Napolitano wrote this to Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff about Medina:

“His hostility to state and local law enforcement, coupled with a ‘we know better than you’ attitude was counter to the mission of his agency and did serious damage to the relations between our state and your department. We are greatly relieved and encouraged that he is being replaced.”

Well, they shouldn’t be too relieved. According to the rumors, Brian Moskowitz is coming.
**** UPDATE, 08/20/06: One high-ranking agent wrote:

When Roberto Medina was an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Houston his nickname was “Speed Bump” because he was an obstacle to every investigation.

If Medina is the “Speed Bump,” Abu Moskowitz is the “Pan-Islamist Gaping Pothole.” Nice to see ICE is shuffling these problem-child employees around and rewarding them with promotions to the locations they want, instead of giving them well-deserved discipline and demotions. Perhaps they should change the name to Imminent Crony Elevation.

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FIRED! Pink slipped! Shit-canned! 86′d! Booted! That’s what career bureau-douche-bags like Brian Moskowitz and Roberto Medina should be!!! They’re a disgrace to our country, to law enforcement, and themselves. It’s just disgusting that these clowns are rewarded, shuffled, and still employed in Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Shame! Shame!! SHAME!!!

Yiddish Steel on August 19, 2006 at 1:01 am

“That Medina refused to escort illegal aliens to the border and deport them is outrageous and disgraceful.”
I’m not here to defend or denigrate anyone, but I wanted to clarify this one statement based upon protocol that I have come to understand has been established between the investigative (OI) and detention and removal (DRO) offices of ICE.
First of all, yes, you’re reading it right: OI and DRO are SEPARATE divisions within ICE (much like FPS); both have their own management structure, and my (or any other) SAC cannot order or dictate that a DRO director do or not do a certain thing.
Second, it is my understanding that it is OI’s function to INVESTIGATE, and DRO’s function to DETAIN AND REMOVE (that is why DRO has the tools necessary (like a fleet of prisoner transport vans) and the budget (e.g. to contract JPATS flights to foreign countries) to move illegal aliens outside the U.S.
I will not speak for any other aspect of Mr. Medinah’s relationship with AZ law enforcement, but I would respectfully suggest that research be done as to who the DRO director is in Phoenix, and ask him or her why aliens are not being transported to the border. But to ask Mr. Medinah this question, especially since it is outside his area of responsibility, seems misdirected.
Is there really a need for a DRO office within ICE if OI is now expected to be tasked with transporting large numbers of aliens to the border, and what will become of any sort of investigation if we took criminal investigators away from their primary function and had them doing “bus runs” all day? It would be like taking an NYPD detective (whom you would expect to be INVESTIGATING robberies, rapes and homicides) and asking him or her to simply transport prisoners between jails all day.
The simple fact is, you can have OI do one or the other, but not both. Therefore, DRO (which, by the way, consumes almost two-thirds (that’s right, TWO-THIRDS) of ICE’s annual budget needs to be held accountable if what Gov. Napolitano and Sheriff Arpaio are saying is true.

4EVERCUSTOMS on August 19, 2006 at 7:45 am

Debbie,
Outgoing Phoenix SAC Roberto Medina AKA ” Speed Bumb’s” pending transfer to El Paso normally would be considered a down grade, disciplinary transfer from a high profile position as the Phoenix Special Agent in Charge. El Paso’s nickname used both by Legacy Customs and INS Agents was and still is ” Hell Paso”, not exectly the Garden Spot of Duty stations, nor a compliment.
It was a duty station reserved for upper management screwups and misfits like ” Speed Bump”.
Having served in El Paso before as an Agent, I pitty the poor Agents having to deal with the likes of ” Speed Bump” at the head of the helm there in the Sun City.
Keep up the good work and reporting.
Many rank and file ICE SA’s love your website!

ICE Flunkee on August 21, 2006 at 12:32 pm

Debbie,
First of all, let me express that your articles are very popular and well liked on this side of the country. Keep up the good work.
The Phoenix ICE Special Agent in Charge is in charge of all of Arizona. This is worrisome if Abu Moskowitz is slated to take over this part of the country. He was not very welled liked when he worked here as an agent and will be less liked as a SAC.
Pompous Medina is as slow as molasses. No wonder they named him ?speed bump?. He can?t make simple decisions, unless he takes 2 weeks to ponder over them, and then he has his ASACS make them for him.
However, in an effort to keep things accurate, I feel it is important to mention that Medina has attempted to work with the local Phoenix agencies. Sheriff Arpaio (my Hero, in combating crime) has refused to have his deputies cross-trained, which would have empower them to enforce federal immigration laws. He would have gladly accepted the training if ICE would have paid his Deputies? salaries. Instead they pass a state law, which costs them even more to prosecute, and is a law, which they are obviously ill, equipped to enforce.
Governor Napolitano needs to spend more time, administering her state resources and keep her nose out of the federal issues. She has taken on the position that she runs every agency within Arizona, to the extent that she prevented numerous federal emergency medical units and federal tactical units from deploying to Louisiana, to assist with the Hurricane Katrina relief. The fact that she was told she did not run the local ICE Office of Criminal Investigations has put Medina on the outs.
Detention and Removal (DRO) is in charge of removing aliens from the United States. The SAC, who is in charge of criminal investigations, does not run DRO. It would be incorrect and irresponsible to blame that on OI.

Liquid Asphalt on August 22, 2006 at 12:40 pm

For anyone who thinks that a transfer to El Paso is a “downgrade” for Mr. Medina, please keep in mind that he retains his Senior Executive Service grade, and that he is making the move back to his hometown – where he will be among family and live in a substantially lower cost-of-living environment than Phoenix/Scottsdale. Couple that with a lack of state income tax in Texas, and Mr. Medina gets a notable raise in take-home pay as well.
Punishment? Nope.

Mice1 on August 25, 2006 at 3:08 pm

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