February 20, 2008, - 9:54 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Over the last few days, the Department of Homeland Security churned out a lot of press releases and got quite a few gushing stories about its new scanners and its decision to now collect all ten fingerprints from international visitors coming into the U.S. In the past, only two fingerprints were taken, so it was less reliable.
But the story is a not-so-cheap charade, since the American taxpayes paid millions to upgrade these machines.
Why is it a charade? Well, for one thing, under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess’” “leadership,” she and her chosen ICE Director of Investigations, Marcy M. Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty,” made “worksite enforcement” the priority.
They aren’t focusing much at all on the primary national security problem they face–visa overstays and violations. That’s how most terrorists get and stay here. Remember a guy named Abouhalima? One of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, he was here driving a cab on a visa for agricultural workers. Sorry, but nothing grows on the streets of New York. Nothing that needs picking, anyway.
Many ICE agents have told me that they’re worried that show-raids for the cameras have replaced legitimate investigation of immigration fraud rings, sham marriages, and visa violators. Instead of investigating the whereabouts of these people and who is helping them–remember they are paid $100,000 for their investigation skilss–they are instead extras, playing wranglers on the set of The ICE Princess’ endless meaningless show-raid rodeo for the cameras.
And they’ve told me about the scary ranking system that Myers and Forman have put in place regarding investigations of visa violators and overstays. Agents tell me that Myers and Forman give rankings to all ICE offices nationwide, ranking them NOT on how many visa violators they locate or whose cases they resolve, but on how many of such cases are which are opened, are then closed. Cases can be–and frequently are–closed without being resolved, and this system encourages that, while discouraging serious inquiry into the whereabouts of these aliens. And there’s a venal aspect to it: Since Forman and her Special Agents in Charge and their minions get bonuses based on those rankings (and other questionable criteria), agents below them are pressured to close visa violator cases without any real resolution. That gets bonuses, NOT catching the actual visa violator.
This means that many illegal aliens are loose in the Great American Abyss simply since many of their files were quickly closed, and they are off the radar screen indefinitely.
So why are we taking 10 fingerprints or even two or any at all? If The ICE Princess is concentrating on getting FOX News and The New York Times to watch her arrest the far lower security threat illegal aliens who are working on farms, in hotels, and factories, and doesn’t give a damn about the whereabouts of those who gave their prints at the airport, why did you–the American taxpayer–spend the money for these brand spankin’ new machines?
For PR purposes only. It’s just a formality. Like I said, she’s too busy raiding Burger King and McDonald’s and releasing the arrested illegals once the CNN cameras leave to focus on the real national security risk that doesn’t get her face time for her next stepping stone in her career path of incompetence and disaster.
The press releases about the new scanners sound nice, but that’s the point. They want you to think that Michael “Serpenthead” is actually doing something to make you safer, when actually, his girlfriend running ICE is making you less safe, while she smiles for the cameras repeatedly saying how she’s sending a message to illegal aliens that they can no longer remain here unhindered.
Um, they’re getting the message. Just not the one she’s selling. And maybe they can use her well-fertilized message to make something grow on the streets of Manhattan, while they’re plotting their “agricultural work” or “university courseload” for killing more Americans.
10 fingerprints, 2 fingerprints, 23 fingerprints–it doesn’t matter how many are in our databases, if ICE won’t make the search for these aliens a priority, once they are missing/in violation of their visas. There weren’t any fingerprints left when smoke and dust settled on 3,000 murdered Americans, perpetrated by aliens who worked the inept system to do their deeds.
What a waste. All hail immigration “enforcement” under the dual terror of The ICE Princess and Peppermint Patty.
It’s not exactly an argument for women atop law enforcement. Is it?
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