October 5, 2006, - 1:15 pm

Immigration Agency Blows Off Oklahoma Immigration Efforts; ICE $$s Reserved for Baseball’s Lasorda

By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another black mark on the dark record of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess.”
The ICE Princess had hundreds of thousands of dollars–of our tax money–to hold a week long party in Myers’ native Kansas City feting Detention and Removal Operations Director John Torres and pay his fave baseball manager Tommy Lasorda $30,000-$50,000 for no useful immigration enforcement purpose. And she has about $150,000 of our tax money to waste on her own personal counsel, when ICE already has a full complement of attorneys for that purpose. Yet, ICE does not have the money for ICE officials to attend an Oklahoma State Senate hearing on illegal immigration and how the State of Oklahoma can help stop it.
Here are the complete details from AP, posted by Tulsa’s ABC Channel 8/KTUL:

Feds A No Show At Immigration Hearing

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ICE’s John Clark, Julie L. Myers, John Torres, and Tommy LaSorda

(ICEfeld by Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for PhotoShop David Lunde)

Wednesday October 04, 2006 5:13pm
Oklahoma City (AP) – State Senator Daisy Lawler says she is disappointed federal officials didn’t come to Oklahoma City today to participate in an immigration hearing.
Lawler heads a Senate task force examining immigration issues.
She says she wanted to hear from federal immigration officials about what Oklahoma could do to help stem illegal immigration.
A federal immigration official from Dallas declined to attend the meeting, saying funds were not available for this purpose.

We’ll bet this article didn’t make today’s “ICE Clips.”
There is much chatter regarding whether The ICE Princess will remain in her position after year’s end. Her recess appointment is up then, and she does not yet have scheduled U.S. Senate hearings for her renewed nomination by President Bush. She is due to give birth, and her husband, John Wood, currently Michael Chertoff’s Chief of Staff, is rumored to get a Bush nomination as U.S. Attorney in the Midwest or New York.
We hope she leaves soon, and a true fiscal manager and law enforcement mind gets a chance to re-steer this wayward ship called ICE. America’s security depends on it.
Thanks to reader Lui for the tip.

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5 Responses

Why would ICE attend state senate hearing. Is not ICE a Federal agency and regulated under Federal guidacne and regs

thirdgoat on October 5, 2006 at 2:18 pm

ICE employees are public servants. The Oklahoma State Senate made a very reasonable request. The ICE folks should get their asses their forthwith and try to answer the good senator’s concerns.

AynaydaPizaqvick on October 5, 2006 at 2:36 pm

yes they are federal emplopyee and state have no jurisdiction over them. If they have to oblige every state Tom Dick Harry request than who would get the work done?
Stupid senate

thirdgoat on October 5, 2006 at 4:05 pm

thirdgoatfromthesun,
yes that issue of being answerable to the little people gets in your way of thinking all the time, don’t it.
as the states don’t have authority to intervene in immigration matters, and as the I-35 corridor is a conduit for all sorts of illegals, i.e., seventeen latinos in a pickup truck, no drivers license, no passport, no insurance, what’s a state got to do to get some attention.
the feds are the ones with authority regarding immigration.
given the typical weekly occuring example above, just what work is being done?
the feds are slacking and don’t want to have their feet held to the fire.
stupid commenter.
and thirdgoat, try to remember that power in this counrty flows from the people, to the state, to the federal level. that makes the federal gov’t answerable to little ‘ol me, and why for all of our faults, no other gov’t anywhere in the world even/ever will come close to the US.

louielouie on October 5, 2006 at 6:03 pm

Why can’t the States write their own immigration laws. The 10th Amendment gives them that right. In fact there was a war fought over the specifics of the 10th Amendment. The several states voluntarily joined the United States and also, originally, had the right to leave, consequently were forced at the point of a gun to return.
The whole problem as I see it is enforcement. Not new laws why can’t they just enforce the existing laws already written, Illegal Immigrants should be deported. (Period)
The Growers in California are worried about their cheap labor, for picking crops, when are these cheapskate growers going to come into the twentieth century, there are machines that do that work. The bottom line is we don’t need these illegal aliens, but suddenly, because of security neglect we have more than we can deal with like 12 million more than we can deal with, and this thumb in the dyke type legislation is not going to fix the problem.

mark on October 6, 2006 at 8:05 am

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