January 19, 2007, - 9:47 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The greater Detroit area is the major northern border crossing point. Combining traffic in and out of Canada at the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and the bridge crossing near Port Huron, Michigan/Sarnia, Canada, there is more international traffic than at any border point in the United States per day.
Given that and the fact that this international traffic includes smuggled drugs, illegal aliens, and assorted other maladies, you’d think the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would have visited long ago. But you would be wrong.
On Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, after more than a year on the job, ICE Chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” made her very first visit to Detroit. We contrast this to her predecessors Michael Garcia and Asa Hutchinson (who didn’t hold the same job title, but oversaw ICE in his responsibilities) who were frequently in Detroit.
As is apparently Princess Myers’ usual tactic, the event was not really planned in advance, and Michigan ICE agents were suddenly called on a federal holiday and ordered to show up to work. After all, The ICE Princess needs a retinue to show us all how important she is. Agents had to work on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, not to round up illegal aliens or smuggled drugs, but TO BE IN JULIE MYERS’ MINI-MOTORCADE!!!!
And agents were told that Julie Myers’ hotel room refrigerator must be stocked with Diet Coke. An agent was called in on MLK Day to get Myers Diet Coke. Forget Van Halen’s legendary concert rider for no green (correction/update: it was brown, not green) M&Ms in their dressing room. We know who the real rock star is. Our money meant for enforcing federal immigration laws is being spent on overtime for agents to get Diet Coke for The ICE Princess. Agents had to spend money out of their own pocket for Myers’ hotel fridge to be stocked. Making between $140,000 and $200,000, she apparently cannot afford her own soda and can’t be bothered to lift a finger to go down the hall to the Coke machine and guy one herself.
The motorcade, the Diet Coke for this incompetent, unqualified, self-important Veruca Salt–it all reminds us of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman” telling people–who have no idea of his identity and don’t care–how important he is:
I’m kind of a big deal.
Our favorite part of the whole event is that, on Tuesday, our favorite ICE Special Agent in Charge, Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz,” got to play the chauffeur in “Driving Miss Julie” for the day. Imagine: You’re a high-ranking federal agent in charge of agents investigating immigration and customs law violations in two Midwestern states. And yet, despite all that, you are now reduced to Morgan Freeman’s role driving Miss Julie–your incompetent, unqualified boss-ette with connections. Now, Abu Moskowitz knows how it feels when his agents are called to chauffeur him home after he gets drunk at a party in Canada or must chauffeur one of his Assistant Special Agents in Charge, John Batastelli (sp?), and his family to the airport for family trips.
Glad our tax money is being spent so wisely on these important immigration enforcement tasks.
While many companies are open for business on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all government agencies are closed. Driving Miss Julie in an unnecessary motorcade and getting her Diet Coke are hardly reasons call agents in from a day off and disrespect the memory of Dr. King and the observance by the many Black agents in ICE.
While we are highly opposed to quotas and affirmative action, we have to give the Democratic leadership in Congress “their kind of info” on The ICE Princess. And it bears noting that Ms. Myers not only disrespected MLK Day, she doesn’t promote any Black male agents to leadership positions, only her preferred group–women. The only Black employee in leadership is a woman in charge of–what else?–“equal employment opportunity.”
Just an insight into a day in the life of the incompetent Julie Myers, self-anointed rock star. She’s kind of a big deal.
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