December 19, 2007, - 11:41 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, unfortunately, it looks like I will have The ICE Princess to kick around for another year, after all. She’s BAAACK.
Earlier today, I wrote that the office of the Clerk of the U.S. Senate told me that there would be no further votes, today. Sadly, that info was incorrect. Today, the Senate voted to confirm Julie L. Myers as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It was not even a recorded vote, so we can’t point to Senators who voted for her and those who opposed her. Instead, Myers was lumped in with 30 Bush Administration nominees who were all confirmed in a voice vote by these cowards we call Senators. Here’s more info:
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Julie L. Myers as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two years after President Bush appointed her to the position amid questions about her qualifications to lead the government’s second-largest law enforcement agency.
Myers was among more than 30 people whose appointments were approved by a voice vote of the Senate as it concluded its session. . . .
Critics also noted her personal connections within the Bush administration. She was engaged – and is now married – to John F. Wood, who was chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and is now the U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Mo. Ret. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is her uncle. . . .
Her appointment ran into trouble again this fall when she gave the “most original” costume award to a white employee who came to the agency’s Halloween party dressed as an escaped prisoner with dreadlocks and darkened skin. The incident drew complaints of racial insensitivity and elicited an apology from Myers.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the Senate’s most vocal opponent of Myers’ permanent appointment as head of ICE, placed a hold on her nomination after the Halloween incident. The senator’s spokeswoman, Adrianne Marsh, said McCaskill “still believes Julie Myers isn’t focused enough on employer enforcement and she’s not the right pick, but there simply were not enough votes to oppose her nomination.”
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the Senate’s approval validates Myers’ hard work and accomplishments.
PUH-LEEZE. Any “hard work and accomplishments” are those of her demoralized agents. I’m told that the annual attrition rate from ICE’s Office of Investigations is now upwards of 30%. That steep increase and stark rate all happened under Myers. ICE is not a place where “misery loves company.”
Shame on Senator McCaskill for not asking for a “record roll call vote.” If there weren’t enough votes to oppose Myers, we deserved to know which Senators had the guts and principle on this issue and those who did not. Now, we will never know. And Senator McCaskill’s posturing against Myers was just that–posturing. Had she maintained her hold on Myers, there would never have been a vote. But she relented. So, she is as responsible as anyone for this debacle.
This is bad news for our country. We all know her record. And the fact that these Senators allowed her to be confirmed after she gave an award to a “Blackface” costume in this year of 2007 is beyond incredible. It’s sickening.
Expect the immigration debacle to get geometrically worse. More and more experienced, good agents will leave the agency.
With The ICE Princess back at the helm, can you blame them?
Somewhere in Washington, a nanny is very happy that she can keep her job raising Julie Myers baby, while Myers further damages America’s immigration and customs law enforcement.
And everywhere within our borders illegal aliens and terrorists know they have yet another year in which to roam free.
So, Veruca Salt got a second Golden Ticket to George W. Wonka’s ICE Factory. And in a year, the Oompa Loompas will ferret her away to squirrel-land with the nuts. It’s nominations like this that will insure the Democrats win the White House.
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