Is Bush's pick to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement qualified?
Posted Sat, Sep 17, 2005 at 9:48 am
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) wants to know. And, I'm sure that both he and I mean "qualified" in the normal sense, not in the Bush administration sense.
Julie Myers was nominated by President Bush to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that is charged with hunting down money launderers, sanctions busters and human traffickers and that is the sole enforcer of U.S. immigration laws.
Yesterday, she faced a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
"I'm really concerned about your management experience," Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, told her, pointing out that ICE, with 20,000 employees, is the second-largest investigative agency in the federal government.
"I think that we ought to have a meeting with [Homeland Security Secretary] Mike Chertoff ... to ask him ... why he thinks you're qualified for the job," Mr. Voinovich said. "Because based on your resume, I don't think you are."