February 27, 2013, - 5:46 pm
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It’s yet another sad day in America when a good man at Homeland Security, Gary Mead, is forced to take the fall (or to pretend to take the fall–I’m not sure which) for Barack Obama . . . if Associated Press’ claim, that his retirement is related to the Obama release of illegal aliens in Los Angeles, is accurate (and I’m not sure it is). And, now, there are rumors that Obama is about to dissolve ICE, and that this is part of the reason for Mead’s retirement. He wants to get out before the ship sinks completely. (After all, right now, ICE is like that disastrous Carnival Cruise ship with no electricity, plumbing, toilet paper, food, or water.)
As you know, yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Los Angeles released many criminal illegal aliens from detention facilities. Despite the claims of the Obama Administration, these are of course very dangerous illegal aliens, because ICE policy is to arrest and detain ONLY illegal aliens with serious criminal records (and even in many of those cases, the aliens are freed to terrorize the rest of us). While some surmise that Obama did this to get the Republicans to make a deal, I have a different theory. I think Obama did this to show people that these illegal aliens were released and nothing happened to Americans because of it so we should continue to pursue his policy of immigration non-enforcement.
But whatever the reason, I was sad to learn that Gary Mead, who heads ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)–the deportation operation for illegal aliens–is taking the fall for the release of the illegal aliens, or at least, that’s how the press is portraying it. Mead has been in ICE and other federal law enforcement agencies for nearly four decades, so I’m not sure if he was already planning to retire, as he is near the mandatory retirement age for ICE agents and officials (and if he took the fall, he’d be out of a job now, not announcing that he’s leaving in April). Regardless, ICE agents whose opinions I value and trust who work in the ERO division of ICE like and respect Mead and describe him as a very good guy and a mensch. Mead helped and protected good agents from the clutches of the scumbags Obama and Janet Napolitano put in to run ICE into the ground. Based on what I know about him, I very much doubt he chose to release the illegal aliens. In fact, I’d bet he was against it. This was an Obama/Janet Napolitano/John Moron Morton move. NOT a Gary Mead move. In fact, if I had to bet on it, I’ll bet it all that Gary Mead didn’t vote for Obama. It’s sad that he’s being forced to take the blame for this, at least in the Associated Press’ reporting. I think Mead is probably leaving because this is being forced upon him and he’d rather get out than stay in disgust as hardened criminals who don’t belong in America are set free to disappear into the great American abyss.
Here is Gary Mead’s bio, which I’m sure will soon be scrubbed from the ICE website, below. Ask yourself if this sounds like a guy who would willingly release hardened criminal illegal aliens? Nope.
Gary Mead is the Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington D.C. Mr. Mead oversees a $2.5 billion budget and 8,395 employees. ERO promotes public safety and national security by removing national security threats, high-risk criminal aliens, illegal alien fugitives, and absconders; and ensuring safe and effective custody management for more than 30,000 illegal aliens in custody each day.
Between 1974 and 2006, he served in the U.S. Marshals Service where he held a number of Senior Executive Service law enforcement and administrative positions at the associate and assistant director levels. His areas of responsibility included Prisoner Operations, Asset Forfeiture, JPATS, Management and Budget, Human Resources, and the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as the assistant director for management, deputy director and acting director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations (currently, ERO). From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Mead was a self-employed criminal justice and immigration consultant. He returned to ICE in November 2009 as deputy assistant director, and then assistant director, of Detention Management.
Mr. Mead holds a master’s degree and has received two Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Awards.
This is a guy who was successful in the private sector and didn’t have to come back to government for the dishonor of serving in this crappy agency in an abominable administration. But he did, and look at how they thanked him.
If this is the end for ICE, that’s fine by me. Obama isn’t letting ICE agents do much of anything anyway. Certainly not immigration enforcement.
Good luck, Gary. Enjoy your retirement and escape from the failing, miserable Obama administration.
**** UPDATE: A friend of mine who is a high-ranking career ICE agent writes:
Awfully coincidental that he announced it the day before the White House blamed “career ICE” employees for making the decision to release detainees.
Yup, he’s the fall guy who, again, is probably leaving in disgust with the Obama crew.
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