October 3, 2005, - 11:10 am
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s outrageous. But not surprising.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents returning from New Orleans say that the agency employed illegal aliens to serve ICE agents food during the ongoing relief efforts. Few of the servers even spoke English, the ICE agents report.
It’s just a tad outrageous that the lead agency charged with stopping illegal immigration (and doing a horrible job at it), employed illegal immigrants in New Orleans. How do you say “hypocrites” in Spanish?
What a joke! It would be funny, if it weren’t so disturbing. It’s just another illustration that ICE doesn’t care about enforcing immigration laws–a primary reason for its existence.
Yet, ICE continues to waste money sending dedicated former INS agents, like Matthew Albence, a Deputy ICE Special Agent in Charge, to represent ICE at international conferences–like the one he attended in June in Japan–on “Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons.” Looks like in New Orleans, ICE was trafficking in a few persons itself. No international conference changed that.
Since ICE is not only the lead immigration agency, but also was the lead law enforcement agency in New Orleans following the hurricane, the ICE agents were in disbelief. Other law enforcement agencies were instructed to follow ICE’s lead. Did that include the employment of illegals?, the outraged ICE agents wondered.
Ask Marcy Forman-Friedman (or e-mail her), ICE Director of Investigations, who was running the show in New Orleans–or was supposed to be. Ask New Orleans ICE Special Agent in Charge Michael Holt. But don’t expect any answers from either. Reportedly, Forman is busy trying to become a Special Agent in Charge in Maryland, so she can high-tail it out of ICE headquarters in Washington, away from unqualified ICE Princess heir-apparent Julie Myers.
RELATED: If all of this weren’t bad enough, it looks like Katrina relief and rebuilding efforts are following Forman’s and ICE’s lead in the Gulf. In an equally disturbing story, today’s Wall Street Journal reports: “Undocumented workers are likely to be a major part of the massive cleanup and rebuilding.” Here’s another gem from the story: ” ‘They asked me where I wanted to go: to Houston, Atlanta, or back to Mexico,’ said Jose Luis Rivera, 39 years old and an undocumented construction worker from Veracruz, Mexico.”
Hint: “Undocumented worker” means illegal alien–illegal whether they are working for you and me, the relief efforts . . . and even Marcy Forman and the chieftains at ICE.
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