March 14, 2014, - 9:00 am
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** CORRECTION: This post original stated that Thomas Winkowski served as a Border Patrol agent. That was not accurate, and the post has been corrected. Thanks to all who pointed out this error. **
Meet Barack Obama’s new immigration non-enforcer.
DebbieSchlussel.com has exclusively learned that, today, Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson will name Thomas Winkowski to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency in charge of enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. Winkowski is currently Deputy Commissioner and acting head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read his bio here.
In yet another sign that the Obama Administration has no intention to enforce our nation’s immigration laws with any degree of seriousness, Winkowski will only be named as “acting” chief of ICE for the next year, and will, therefore, not be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, this site has learned. (It is possible, however, that Obama will nominate Winkowski for the permanent position before the year ends.) ICE has gone through a series of “acting” chiefs, including, most recently, John Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney who represented drunk drivers, child molesters, wife beaters, terrorists, and killers and had zero law enforcement experience. He was universally hated by top ICE brass.
DebbieSchlussel.com has learned that Homeland Security Secretary Johnson has discussed and offered the top ICE job to a number of experienced law enforcement officials, but most did not want the thankless job, as it is filled with pitfalls and Barack Obama won’t let anyone really do the job effectively, since he does not desire serious immigration enforcement.
Some ICE agents are slightly relieved to know that, at last, they will be working under someone with law enforcement experience (though it is curious that no one from within ICE was chosen for the position). Winkowski reportedly joined Customs right out of college in 1978. And, sources say, he gets along well with Jim Dinkins, ICE’s Director of Homeland Security Investigations, who is a friend of mine and someone I respect a great deal.
But some outside of ICE who vigilantly watch borders issues are not so enthused with Winkowski, such as my friend, Andy Ramirez, a secure borders advocate, and founder and President of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council.
If you know more about Winkowski, please comment below.
*** UPDATE: An astute career Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent friend of mine writes:
Just read you online on CBP Winkoswki to ICE. Good riddance! He is quite possibly the most inept SES [Senior Executive Status] at CBP. He is a legacy Customs Inspector with little or no Law enforcement experience. He’ll fit right in!
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