Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, once again, will bring SUNSHINE to more corruption running rampantwithin this GOVERNMENT that is suppose to be for ALL THE PEOPLE!

Hopefully other members of the full Senate will be able to see Julie Meyers for what she really is, inept, unqualified, and most importantly danger to our national security.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted Wednesday to allow Julie Myers to keep her senior post at the Homeland Security Department, with most lawmakers saying she had eased earlier concerns about her qualifications.

President Bush first installed Myers nearly two years ago, while the Senate was in recess, after it became clear she might not win confirmation. Senate Democrats had complained that Myers lacked experience to be assistant secretary in charge of the massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Her nomination also raised questions about political favoritism. She is the niece of Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and is married to John Wood, former chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said interviews with dozens of government officials and advocacy groups show that Myers has become an effective manager.

“She is described by co-workers and others as a talented executive with a strong work ethic and good management abilities,” said Lieberman, who had opposed Myers in 2005. “I look forward to continuing work with her to tackle ICE’s many difficult problems.”

The only dissent came Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who complained that Myers has not shown enough interest in tracking how many employers are prosecuted for hiring illegal immigrants.

McCaskill has spent weeks asking the agency to reveal the number of employers who have faced legal action for hiring illegal workers. But Myers has said law enforcement statistics do not break out records that way.

Late Tuesday night, the agency finally sent McCaskill a list of all 716 people charged with immigration violations in the most recent fiscal year. McCaskill claims the list will show the Bush administration has not seriously pursued employers who break the law.

“All you have to do is glance at the list and you do not get a good feeling that employers are being held accountable,” McCaskill said.

At a hearing earlier this month, Myers told senators she has made progress in improving the immigration agency’s financial woes, boosted enforcement against illegal immigrants who commit crimes and increased the amount of criminal fines and forfeitures against employers who hire illegal workers.

The full Senate is expected to vote on Myers’ nomination in the next few weeks. Her recess appointment expires at year’s end.

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