September 12, 2006, - 11:04 am
Immigration Chieftess At it Again: Wasting Tax Money, Neglecting Illegal Alien Problem & Having a Baby
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s been a while since we wrote about Immigration Chief Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess”–the woman responsible for letting the immigration problem fester for the last nine months. But don’t you worry, we’ve been watching her.
New Baby vs. America’s National Security
Speaking of nine months, Myers is scheduled to take maternity leave, very soon. Unfortunately, she is only taking three weeks off, and then she is scheduled to return to the helm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that enforces our nation’s immigration laws . . . or is supposed to.
Heading up ICE is a full-time job. When we say full-time, we mean at least 12 hours a day and sometimes 18 hours a day. There is no way a new mom can handle that job and raise a new baby. And there is no way a new mom can handle the demands of running ICE, which is still an aimless ship riding the stormy seas without direction (because Myers–the 37-year-old with no law enforcement experience–has no direction).
Something–in this case both things: her new baby and our country/enforcement of immigration laws–will suffer.
So, will Julie Myers do the right thing for her baby and her country (the order of importance for her always–after herself, of course) and step down? Don’t count on it. The right thing for her country would have been never to pick herself for the job in the first place. And she placed herself and her desire for the cool new position of authority before everything else.
Wastes Immigration Tax $$$ on Unnecessary, Inexperienced Lawyers
Then, there’s the matter of Wayne L. Baker. As we noted earlier this year, Baker is a lawyer whom Myers hired to work as her personal attorney, paid for by you–the American taxpayer–to the tune of at least $140,000 per year.
Baker has NO experience in immigration or customs law, but he knows a lot about Indian tribes and gambling, completely useless in enforcing immigration laws. ICE already has a stable of attorneys–the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)–whose job is to provide Myers and other top personnel at ICE with legal advice. That’s why we pay them a salary good enough to keep them away from the lawyer rat-race of billable hours and little family time.
But that wasn’t good enough for Myers. So she wasted money that could easily have hired three to five new ICE agents, on a lawyer from Yale, her crony from New York–Baker. We wonder what Bill Howard, who heads up the OPLA, thinks about the fact that The ICE Princess doesn’t think he or his lawyers’ advice is as good as a Yale expert on Indian casinos and gambling.
As we noted, one ICE Agent–who speaks for many that contacted us–said:
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).
At first, we hoped it was temporary. But, since, we’ve noticed that Baker’s position–the lofty sounding “Counselor to the Assistant Secretary”–has been made permanent on the ICE organizational map. Don’t look for anyone who replaces Myers in the future to do away with this additional new, tax-wasting perk Myers created for herself at the expense of the rest of the Immigration Enforcement budget.
A new mother running ICE and wasting tax money to hire new, unneeded lawyers with no immigration or customs legal experience. And she, herself, is unqualified and has zero law enforcement experience. What a joke.
How to you spell chutzpah?
And that chutzpah will be the death of America as we know it, as the illegal alien problem continues to metastasize.
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