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Bush Immigration Chief Julie Myers Out


Outgoing ICE Chief Julie Myers.(Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

By Spencer Hsu
Wasting little time after the election before jumping ship, Julie L. Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will leave the Bush administration on Nov. 15, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announcement today.

Myers, 39, did not say if she planned to re-enter private practice after 12 years in government, but ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said, "She is very passionate about these [immigration] issues and will carry that passion into future endeavors."

Myers, a niece of former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Richard B. Myers, served as Chertoff's chief of staff when he headed the Justice Department's criminal division. She rejoined Chertoff in 2006 and helped oversee ICE during the Bush administration's failed immigration overhaul push. Her tenure began rockily, as concerns about her youth and lack of previous executive and immigration experience led senators to delay her confirmation, forcing Bush to use a recess appointment to install her. She was finally confirmed by the Senate last December.

More recently, Myers was accused by Democrats of misleading Congress after photographs emerged of Myers at a 2007 Halloween office party honoring a white employee dressed as an escaped prisoner with dreadlocks and makeup that made him look African American or Hispanic. ICE runs the nation's 33,000-bed immigration detention system. Myers subsequently apologized for leaving "a negative impression" of ICE's respect for the people it detains.

Myers has presided over a dramatic increase in enforcement activities and spending at the $5 billion agency, setting records for three fiscal years in arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal records and those violating administrative deportation orders. Actual deportations also soared to record levels during her tenure.

ICE helped drive the political debate over immigration. However, its heavily publicized raids also drew condemnations from civil liberties and immigrant advocacy groups, which say ICE violated humanitarian standards and trampled on due process rights by using criminal-style tactics and charges in massive roundups of workers. Myers also oversaw a burgeoning detention system whose growth has led to noncriminal immigrant detainees often being medically neglected.

In a statement, Chertoff warmly praised Myers as an "extraordinary" assistant secretary for ICE who helped transform it "into a 21st century law enforcement agency." He added, "Under Julie's leadership, ICE has undertaken exceptional law enforcement operations with unprecedented results."

Myers expects to spend more time with her 2-year-old son and husband, John F. Wood, also a former chief of staff to Chertoff, who was appointed U.S. attorney for western Missouri by Bush, Nantel said.

Myers's deputy, John P. Torres, a career law enforcement official and former head of ICE's detention and removal operations, has been designated to serve as acting head of ICE through the presidential transition.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 5, 2008; 6:47 PM ET
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Comments

Another turd flushed! Ohhh I love the sound it makes, and how good it feels! Bye bye Julie, go join your neocon pals!

Posted by: AndresCarnedeRes | November 9, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

My brief hereunder relates,to the actual theme of this news of Mayer's resignation.
, What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

While leaving aside, her conversion to Islam from Christianity , as faith is a matter of personal choice, based on one’s study or influence of family and social environment, my pertinent question is , What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

She raised voice for the prisoner, tagged 650, later identified as Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Bagram, Afghanistan. She was picked with her kids from Karachi and handed over to American Agencies in Kabul. Dr Siddiqui was shot thrice and tortured in Bagram prison and her cries gave clue of her presence to other prisoners and Ridley

Mariam Ridley, who is in Pakistan these days, is trying to link up these
leads, to the sufferings of hapless Pakistanis and Afghanis who have fallen victim to the so called war on terror. She says,” The US government has concocted a fake case against
Dr.Siddiqui in Afghanistan but was trying her in New York, under American law which was a mockery of human rights and rule of law. She would fight for the rights of missing children, women and men ,who were actually detained somewhere in Afghanistan or any part of the world.”

At the end I repeat my question,” What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

Posted by: saleemchaudhry | November 7, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

My brief hereunder relates,to the actual theme of this news of Mayer's resignation.
, What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

While leaving aside, her conversion to Islam from Christianity , as faith is a matter of personal choice, based on one’s study or influence of family and social environment, my pertinent question is , What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

She raised voice for the prisoner, tagged 650, later identified as Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Bagram, Afghanistan. She was picked with her kids from Karachi and handed over to American Agencies in Kabul. Dr Siddiqui was shot thrice and tortured in Bagram prison and her cries gave clue of her presence to other prisoners and Ridley

Mariam Ridley, who is in Pakistan these days, is trying to link up these
leads, to the sufferings of hapless Pakistanis and Afghanis who have fallen victim to the so called war on terror. She says,” The US government has concocted a fake case against
Dr.Siddiqui in Afghanistan but was trying her in New York, under American law which was a mockery of human rights and rule of law. She would fight for the rights of missing children, women and men ,who were actually detained somewhere in Afghanistan or any part of the world.”

At the end I repeat my question,” What made, Ms. Yvonne Ridley, a British Journalist, turn Human Rights activist?

Posted by: saleemchaudhry | November 7, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Julie-tell the truth--did you out Obama's aunt

Posted by: tamela1 | November 7, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Another incompetent racist right wing zealot bites the dust .... I hope we will finally get some competence in these key positions. After all, America is a country of immigrants .......

Posted by: DragonRoll | November 6, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed. My Caucasian Neighbors and friends feel that this is the end of the world. Muslims will kill us all, the Blacks will rise in the streets. We are ready for the next Civil War. Buy Guns and Ammunition!!!

I am old enough to remember Segregation, I have worked hard my entire life. I don't break the Law and I respect my fellow Human Being. I do not understand the Hatred that is expressed by my Fellow Countrymen.

It is a Shame.

Posted by: NYCGomez | November 6, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder which large corporation she has lined a job up with or will she join Karl Rove at Fox News, my question is can Murdoch really hire all of the neocons that are being put out of work because of Rove's failed ideals?

Posted by: mikey30919 | November 6, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

39 years old with a young son who is already out the door before a new president has taken the oath of office. Nothing like putting the horse before the cart. There is so much diversity and immigration issues in this country that some of these people's attitudes are just send them back to Iraq and they will take the money and resources back with them. Nothing to do with middle class or taking America back, this is part of the America's people fault for trying to be tolerant or nice or exceptant while a culture of people who have threatened and killed US citizens invade this country from all sides of the open borders. There is no other country in the world which would be this tolerant or allow such diversity. None the less, there will be a man taking this woman's position so we can sleep soundly at night knowing that the man has our backs.

Posted by: formerheap | November 6, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

To the person who suggested that if there is no more work for illegal-aliens, they'll just go home.

Beg to differ: history shows that what they do instead of going home is that they turn gangster and start murdering Americans.

Posted by: thardman | November 6, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Better to jump than be thrown to the wolves.

America is BACK!

And Truth, Justice, and a strong American Middle Class are BACK!

Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Posted by: WillSeattle | November 6, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Another Bush incompetent bites the dust. It seems the woods is full of them. She'll probably resurface in another guise within the GOP.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 6, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME!!! FLUSH THE CAPITAL!!!

These NEO-CON appointees are willfully ignorant, anti-constitutional, ethically challenged if not outright criminal, and ALL OF THEM ARE FINISHED!

Bye-byeeeee...

This is one of the main reasons that I voted for Obama: Intellectual appointees replacing NEO-CON ideologues in every department and agency of government!

Posted by: onestring | November 6, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Poster "akpat" suggested that we should invade Mexico. I just have to say this - "AGAIN?" Jeez, we invaded them at least 3 times in the 1800's and we took a huge chunk of their country. Hell, I live in what used to be Mexico. Get off your mightier than thou perch and learn some history you ignoramus.

Posted by: saxahydros | November 6, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems like all democrats want Mexico to come here and bring their families with them.knowing how frequently they breed. But demos also seem to be very concerned about the environment. Those two things do not go together. The more people, the more environmental problems.It doesn't seem like you can make up your minds.

Posted by: 1uncle | November 6, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION: Obama's aunt.

Posted by: Pupster | November 6, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It is true that President elect Obama asked Mr. Al Sharpton to help with his new cabinet naiming Mr. Sharpton "food testh" for him, mean to Mr. Obama. Mr. Sharpton decline. He wants to be Ambassador to Britain or nothing.

Posted by: alfonsorfarina | November 6, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

She's apparently the source of the leak on the immigration status of Obama's mother. Completely against the law. Hopefully, she will be prosecuted and shown no mercy, just as the lack of mercy she showed to others. May she rot in jail, partisan hack.

Posted by: Pupster | November 6, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the Multiple Postings, but it dawned on me;

That People like Hartlet, might honestly NOT have a clue.

In the Border Cities, there are Bridges. Short Term entrance is allowed with proper IDs. The Check Points are Dozens of Miles North, to help facilitate Border Shopping for both Countries!

Bridge Walkers ROUTINELY cross, during LABOR, in order to drop a US Citizen! Our Country, and Our Hospitals get the shortest End, every time!

HR-1940:Birthright Citizenship Act, is at least 6 DECADES overdue, and Sitting on Nancy Pelosi's desk! Gathering Dust!

Es no Bueno!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 6, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hartlet-Sorry, forgot the appeal for ME to stop Ranting en Espanol!

I am living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Boy howdy! Do I want to tell a very large part of this entire Community-a Community BUILT by My Ancestors, before they flooded(Some actually swam or waded) in;

To Habla Engles!

For your edification: Trabajo-"Work", Para-"For", Comprende-"Understand"...

Comprende?

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 6, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

MAXGUTIERREZ-Got Mine! ;~)

Graduate of Hawaii Pacific University! :-)

Same HPU Sarah Palin went to, and at the same time!

Then, for Hartlet-How am I picking on Babies?

They have Dual Nationality. Depriving them of a US Citizenship wrongly given because their Mother's were NOT here for any legitimate purpose, leaves them looking exactly like they are! It also makes it much less complicated to keep them with their mothers, as their mothers are Re-Patrioted!

IF you cannot become a US citizen if you have violated our Laws;

Then, being caught ILLEGALLY in this Country, in open defiance of our sovereign Borders, should bar said invader from EVER getting Naturalized! Harboring Illegal Invaders(See: Foreign National-Possibly Terrorist or subversive), means Rejection of acquired Naturalization, and for Native born-Treason charges and Jail!

Remember the Alamo? What about at least THREE wars with Mexico?

That Border, was Paid for in Blood, and Money!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 6, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Although the part picture was somewhat insensitive this woman appears to have done her job. Illegal immigrants are illegal and whilst I understand their motivation they are still illegal and should go home.

For me it would have made more sense to put more effort into securing our borders than going over to Iraq.

Perhaps we should have invaded Mexico after all they have oil, they are next door and half of them are over here anyway.

Posted by: akpat | November 6, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

TO SO-CALLED 'SAINT',
GET AN EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MAXGUTIERREZ | November 6, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Good riddence Julie. You were never qualified. You only got the job because your uncle was a friend of Bush and your former boss was a friend of Bush. A classic example of the unqualified FOBs (Friends of Bush) getting sweatheart jobs in this adminustration leading to disasterous consequences as agencies could not do their jobs, like FEMA, and agencies were damaged, like CIA. You could not be confirmed by the Senate which should have given you a clue. One Senator called you the "definition of unqualified".

Please, go home, or get a job at your level of ability. And this time do what the rest of us do, get the job based on merit, not based on friendships, relatives and connections. Government is too important for cronyism to be how jobs are appointed. Of course, those employers you interview with will want a reference. I wonder if you'll give Bush as a reference. McCain didn't when he asked the American people for a job, but of course he could not hide his connection. Maybe you'll have better luck.

Now, sit back and for the next four years watch and learn how a real government is suppose to work. The Bush fantasy-based government is over, thank God!

Posted by: bevjims1 | November 6, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Good irddance to bad rubbish. Someone needs to file an ethics complaint with her bar association re: the racist photos she starred in.

Posted by: AngryLiberal | November 6, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

To Saint: You're not acting very saintly. Anchor baby? Really? Kids can't help how they were born. Stop insulting babies because you disagree with their parents and stop ranting in Spanish. I don't know what you're saying but it's annoying none the less.

Posted by: hartlet | November 6, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but when we have more Illegally Residing immigrants, than LEGAL Ones, Multiple offender Mothers holed up in Churches talking to the Media about how their Anchor Baby should allow them to Stay(When said Anchor-Has DUAL NATIONALITY!-Which, is ONE US Citizenship too mas!), and the Newest President elect's Auntie holed up in hard to acquire Public Housing YEARS after she should have been sent back to Kenya;

Well, all I can say is HASTA LA VISTA DEAD WEIGHT!

HOW Hard can it possibly be;

to just go out to Construction Sites, Landscaping crews, Automotive Services, and BUST the Employers for the Workers working without proper ID?

At a Thousand Dollars a Pop-or, Mamacita, if, that, is the case-You'd think they would be dying to grab the dough!

NO TRABAJO Para Illegales-No Mas ILLEGALES!

Comprende?!

They GO HOME!

And FORCE them, to Take their Mexican Nationality ONLY Children WITH THEM!

Folks, HR-1940 Birthright Citizenship Act-Has been gathering dust;

on Nancy Pelosi's desk! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 5, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Myers was a hero to immigration reform advocates. In contrast to the pandering politicians who brought us decades of mass illegal immigration and platitudes about their mythic contribution, Myers actually enforced the law! The results were remarkable. Employers went to jail. Many illegals were deported. And for the first time in ages Americans could feel that someone who cared about the future of the country was working for them.
Best of luck to Julie Myers, and a big thank you from this fan.

Posted by: wandagb | November 5, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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