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Report: Hutchinson Leaving Homeland Post
Associated Press via Great Falls Tribune ^ | January 24, 2005 | Associated Press Newswire

Posted on 01/24/2005 5:50:37 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Asa Hutchinson told a newspaper he plans to resign his post with the Homeland Security Department on Monday after he was passed over twice by the Bush administration to be secretary of the department.

Hutchinson, a former Arkansas congressman and former federal drug czar, is the undersecretary for border and transportation security issues. He said his resignation would be effective March 1 to allow a more seamless transition when secretary-designate Michael Chertoff takes over the department from Tom Ridge.

"It was just a good time to change for me personally and for the department," Hutchinson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

President Bush announced on Jan. 12 that Chertoff, a federal appeals court judge, was his second nominee to be secretary of the agency. The president's first choice, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, withdrew citing immigration problems with a former nanny.

Hutchinson, 54, has said that he was disappointed that he wasn't selected to be secretary but is excited about other options, including a possible run for Arkansas governor in 2006. But Hutchinson didn't give any definite political plans for the future.

"We'll wait and see," Hutchinson said. "I'm ruling nothing out. I'm taking the decision-making process a step at a time."

Hutchinson served three terms in Congress, representing the state's 3rd Congressional District. He served as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and then in the Department of Homeland Security.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: Arkansas; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; asahutchinson; assa; dhs; hastalavista; homelandsecurity; hutchinson; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; openborders; resignation; term2
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1 posted on 01/24/2005 5:50:37 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Never complain, never explain.


2 posted on 01/24/2005 5:51:58 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

A little difference of opinion with the administration on border security, perhaps?


3 posted on 01/24/2005 5:54:14 AM PST by snopercod ( We as the people no longer truly believe in liberty, not as Americans did -- Dayfdd ab Hugh)
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To: snopercod
A little difference of opinion with the administration on border security, perhaps?

I wouldn't be surprised.

4 posted on 01/24/2005 5:56:02 AM PST by starfish923
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To: BigSkyFreeper
undersecretary for border and transportation security issues

And Asa was so proud that he was responsible for sending 300 illegals a month back to Mexico, on air flights.
5 posted on 01/24/2005 6:04:50 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Good riddance.


6 posted on 01/24/2005 6:32:33 AM PST by jmc813 (The Jets have broken my heart)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Will Bush be able to find anyone less effective than Hutchison at handling border issues?


7 posted on 01/24/2005 6:35:36 AM PST by spodefly (Yo, homey ... Is that my briefcase?)
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To: snopercod

He wants to run for Senator from AR according to published accounts. He wasn't exactly the #1 person for border enforcement either. Ever stop to think that the President wanted more enforcement not less. I will answer that -- no from your perspective and others on here that always say the worst about the President.

Makes me wonder if some of you (not you in particular) that slam the President so much even live along the border or are just bandwagon jumpers. What do you think a Kerry Administration would have been?


8 posted on 01/24/2005 7:03:08 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Increase Republicans in Congress in 2006!)
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To: Budweiser

That guy was a liability for President Bush's efforts to compromise on any immigration policy - he was the one left holding the gate wide open.

He is to Homeland Security what Paul O'Neill was to the Treasury Department.


10 posted on 01/24/2005 7:41:59 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: spodefly
Will Bush be able to find anyone less effective than Hutchison at handling border issues?

I'm sure that's the plan.

11 posted on 01/24/2005 8:50:53 AM PST by janetgreen
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12 posted on 01/24/2005 8:54:47 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: PhiKapMom
Ever stop to think that the President wanted more enforcement not less?

Well, it's really not up to "what the president wants". He is the chief executive, who's job is to "faithfully execute" the laws passed by congress.

In the case of immigration, the laws are clear, and have been for many years. They're just not being enforced.

Didn't I hear the President swear a few days ago that he would "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and...to the best of [his]ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"?

14 posted on 01/24/2005 9:14:26 AM PST by snopercod ( We as the people no longer truly believe in liberty, not as Americans did -- Dayfdd ab Hugh)
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To: Budweiser
The lesser of two evils is still evil.

Exactly!! When we are so far down that slippery slope that all we have to chose from is evil and a lesser evil, it is no wonder we are seeing America disintegrate.

15 posted on 01/24/2005 9:19:20 AM PST by NRA2BFree (NO AMNESTY, NO UN!)
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To: Budweiser

As I understand it, Arkansas is trying to get a prop 200 passed like Arizona. This really has the Mexicans upset.

Go to http://www.el-universal.com.mx

Click on the English version in the left hand corner. The article is about migrants and Arizona. Some of these people are even talking about going to the UN to force Arizona to change the prop 200 law.


16 posted on 01/24/2005 9:21:37 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Planning to spend more time with his possessions, no doubt. Good riddance, given his wimpish stance on illegal immigration. Although, given the GWB administration's predilections, he'll probably be replaced with someone even more wimpish.


17 posted on 01/24/2005 9:24:25 AM PST by John Jorsett
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To: PhiKapMom
Ever stop to think that the President wanted more enforcement not less.

Did he ever once publicly call for more enforcement? Did he ever once call for tighter borders? Did he ever once order the Homeland Securtiy department to stop the illegals? Did he ever once commit to the sovereignty of our borders?

Good grief.

18 posted on 01/24/2005 9:25:42 AM PST by raybbr
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To: texastoo


CONFUSION

Still, many Mexicans are confused about the extent of the Arizona rules. In interviews, critics, some of them university professors, mistakenly believed the Arizona law bars undocumented immigrants from sending their children to U.S. schools or receiving emergency medical care.

In fact, Arizona's attorney general says the law only applies to a few programs, including utility assistance, a vision-care plan and grants given to disabled people and their families. Proposition 200 supporters are fighting to get the rules expanded to other programs.

Mexico itself has similar regulations. Here, government agencies require foreigners to present their residential visas when applying for everything from driver's licenses to social security cards.

The Federal Elections Institute requires all Mexicans to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Mexico deported 201,000 people between January and November 2004, most of them Central Americans. About 9,000 others were denied entry at airports and border points.

However, there is no specific Mexican law requiring officials to report undocumented migrants who try to apply for benefits, or punishing them if they don't comply. And that is what irks Mexicans most about the Arizona statute, García Laguna said.

From the source you linked.

The hypocrisy is unbelievable. And to think that there are many Americans who don't see anything wrong in this.

19 posted on 01/24/2005 9:32:19 AM PST by raybbr
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To: raybbr

Mexico believes in that old saying, "don't do as I do, do as I say do".

Arizona really has the Mexicans upset, don't they? Now Arkansas. It will be interesting to see what kind of stand Hutchinson takes in Arkansas on prop 200.


20 posted on 01/24/2005 9:40:03 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Asa Hutchinson violated the United States Constitution as Drug Czar, and was an idiot on the immigration and border security issue in his most recent post.

GOOD RIDDANCE AND RIH, you POS!!!


21 posted on 01/24/2005 9:51:52 AM PST by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Here is what is really going on. This is from the Center for Strategic and International Studies report to Congress. DHS 2.0 Here is the relevant passage:

Border, Immigration, and Transportation Security Findings. Prior to the creation of DHS, seven agencies (among others) were involved in securing U.S. borders, enforcing immigration laws, and securing the transportation system: the U.S. Customs Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Executive Office of Immigration Review, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard, TSA, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Agency missions overlapped to greater or lesser extents, and because the agencies resided in different Cabinet departments, it was difficult to resolve operational and policy conflicts without open turf warfare or resorting to the cumbersome interagency process.

The creation of DHS was supposed to consolidate agencies with overlapping missions and to better integrate our efforts in this area. It has succeeded to some degree. INS has been abolished, and its border inspectors and Border Patrol Agents have been merged with most of U.S. Customs and the border inspectors of APHIS to create U.S. Customs and Border Protection—a single uniformed face at our borders. However, in “consolidating” responsibility for border, immigration, and transportation security, DHS actually increased the number of involved agencies to eight and created additional problems that now need solving. In addition, it has failed to clearly delineate the missions of DHS agencies that also have border, immigration, or transportation security responsibilities.

Additionally, the split of responsibilities between the CBP and ICE was done without a compelling reason— other than the vague (and ultimately incorrect) descriptive notion that the Customs and Border Protection would handle “border enforcement” and ICE would handle “interior enforcement.” Indeed, in various interviews, not one person has been able to coherently argue why the CBP and ICE were created as separate operational agencies. Indeed, some have compared it to deciding to break up the New York Police Department into two separate agencies —one housing the uniformed “beat cops” (analogous to the CBP’s uniformed officers) and the other housing the detectives (analogous to ICE’s plain-clothes investigators).

Recommendations. • Rationalize border security and immigration enforcement by merging the CBP and ICE, eliminating the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security. BTS has neither the staff nor the infrastructure to integrate the operations of the CBP and ICE on a consistent basis outside of the occasional task force, such as the Arizona Border Control Initiative. Nor does it have a policy operation with sufficient influence with the secretary to resolve policy conflicts.

Merging the CBP and ICE will bring together under one roof all of the tools of effective border and immigration enforcement—Inspectors, Border Patrol Agents, Special Agents, Detention and Removal Officers, and Intelligence Analysts—and realize the objective of creating a single border and immigration enforcement agency. This reform could be accomplished by executive decision, without the need for legislative action.

• Eliminate the BTS. With the merger of the CBP and ICE into a single agency, there is no need for the BTS middle-management layer. All operational agencies should have a direct reporting relationship to the secretary via the deputy secretary. This will allow for a better, DHS-wide (including the Coast Guard) policy and operational strategic approach to border security matters.

So you see his job is being eliminated anyway.

22 posted on 01/24/2005 10:32:06 AM PST by usurper (Correct spelling is overrated)
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To: snopercod
A little difference of opinion with the administration on border security, perhaps?

No, he was the administrations talking head, second only to Ridge, and they stabbed him in the back by not giving him Ridge’s job. Can't blame him for leaving, but the vast majority of us in border security enforcement will be celebrating his departure.

23 posted on 01/24/2005 10:33:37 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: starfish923

See post #23


24 posted on 01/24/2005 10:34:18 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: spodefly
Will Bush be able to find anyone less effective than Hutchison at handling border issues?

I'm confident he will do his best.

25 posted on 01/24/2005 10:35:21 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Mr. Hutchinson, run for office on a platform of border security. You'd have maximum credibility, as you can cite what you learned in your office. Heck, you could ride that issue all the way to the Oval Office.


26 posted on 01/24/2005 10:36:11 AM PST by Plutarch
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ping

Of course we will need to choose a better candidate, I'm wondering if that's possible.


27 posted on 01/24/2005 10:38:25 AM PST by WestCoastGal ("If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better go sit on the porch." (Daytona 500 ~~ 27 days);-)
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To: PhiKapMom
He wasn't exactly the #1 person for border enforcement either.

Yes he was. That was his job. The only person above him was Ridge, who oversaw the entire DHS.

Ever stop to think that the President wanted more enforcement not less.

LOL, thanks for the laugh.

What do you think a Kerry Administration would have been?

Probably, not much worst.

28 posted on 01/24/2005 10:40:14 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: snopercod
Didn't I hear the President swear a few days ago that he would "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and...to the best of [his]ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"?

The oath of office does not mean a thing to some people.

29 posted on 01/24/2005 10:41:52 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: usurper

Can you provide a link, please.

Thanks.


30 posted on 01/24/2005 10:46:36 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Hutchinson, 54, has said that he was disappointed that he wasn't selected to be secretary but is excited about other options, including a possible run for Arkansas governor in 2006

Or, he could drag his ass out there and get a real job for a change.

31 posted on 01/24/2005 10:47:05 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I lost all resect for Asa when he decided to be Jorge Arbusto's Pimp for Criminal Invaders.

You did the country a grave diservice Asa.


32 posted on 01/24/2005 11:00:27 AM PST by Area51 (Illegal Immigration: 20 Million Mexicans can't be wrong.)
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To: PhiKapMom

Makes me wonder if some of you (not you in particular) that slam the President so much even live along the border or are just bandwagon jumpers. What do you think a Kerry Administration would have been?



8 posted on 01/24/2005 7:03:08 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Increase Republicans in Congress in 2006!)
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If Ifs and buts were candy and nuts. Briging up Scare Tactics of 'what would have x done" is not a explanation for excusing Criminal behavior. It also says something about the person willing to deflect from the real Issue. ILLEGAL ACTIVITY being condoned by the current Administration.

Fact is Jorge Delano Bush swore an oath to ENFORCE the laws. Criminal Invasion IS AGAINST THE LAW.

Please tell me as a US Citizen what laws I can ignore and get a free pass because of my skin color?


33 posted on 01/24/2005 11:05:03 AM PST by Area51 (Illegal Immigration: 20 Million Mexicans can't be wrong.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
And thank God he *was* passed over! Good riddance, Ass-a!
34 posted on 01/24/2005 11:06:34 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: PhiKapMom
He wants to run for Senator from AR according to published accounts.

Then he probably should have run this past year. I'd think challenging Blanche Lincoln would have been easier than taking on Mark Pryor.

35 posted on 01/24/2005 11:11:28 AM PST by BlackRazor
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To: newzjunkey

¡Adiós! ¡Adiós! Asa, no deje a la puerta golpearle en el asno. No puedo esperar a ver a quién siguiente nimrod es que Bush designa. Esto realmente no importa. A quién alguna vez es será una marioneta a las tentativas de frontera abiertas de Bush.

36 posted on 01/24/2005 11:23:16 AM PST by Area51 (Illegal Immigration: 20 Million Mexicans can't be wrong.)
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To: snopercod

nahh. Bush is hot-to-trot on ripping our border open to Mexico.


37 posted on 01/24/2005 11:24:32 AM PST by Scholastic
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Hope he runs for Governor. Don't think we'll keep it if he doesn't.


38 posted on 01/24/2005 11:38:11 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: PhiKapMom
Makes me wonder if some of you (not you in particular) that slam the President so much even live along the border or are just bandwagon jumpers

Just to ease your mind, I'll tell you I'm a bandwagon jumper...

From your statement, I get the impression that if it don't affect me personally, I don't have a dog in that fight...Truth is, we all have a dog in that fight...

Could be some of us care far more about America and other Americans (that we don't even know) than some of you...guess you just don't even know what we're fightin' for...

39 posted on 01/24/2005 11:46:56 AM PST by Iscool
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To: snopercod
Didn't I hear the President swear a few days ago that he would "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and...to the best of [his]ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"?

Maybe he had his fingers crossed...

40 posted on 01/24/2005 11:48:39 AM PST by Iscool
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To: Plutarch
Mr. Hutchinson, run for office on a platform of border security. You'd have maximum credibility, as you can cite what you learned in your office. Heck, you could ride that issue all the way to the Oval Office.

Hillary's planning on riding that horse - and if the Republicans and Conservatives don't wise up, she'll be riding that horse right into the White House in '08.

41 posted on 01/24/2005 11:54:56 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: So Cal Rocket
Hillary's planning on riding that horse - and if the Republicans and Conservatives don't wise up, she'll be riding that horse right into the White House in '08.

I prophesied over two years ago that if the Republicans did not seize the immigration issue, the Democrats would. The issue is just stuck there like the sword in the stone. Whoever can pull the issue out will gain the throne.

My only ever vanity:
Democrats need an issue-- what about immigration?

42 posted on 01/24/2005 12:42:34 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Marine Inspector
Go to:

www.csis.org

Click the link titled, Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security

43 posted on 01/24/2005 1:22:09 PM PST by usurper (Correct spelling is overrated)
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To: PhiKapMom
Makes me wonder if some of you that slam the President so much even live along the border or are just bandwagon jumpers.

Call me a bandwagon jumper.

Although my community of 50,000 is located hundreds of miles from the Mexican boarder (near Fresno, CA) it has literally become part of Mexico in the past twenty years. Since WWII, the cultural makeup of this small, farming community has changed from 12% Hispanic to 88% Hispanic. Of these Hispanics, 40% are illegal aliens and 85% are the consequence of illegal immigration.

As these new immigrants, with no experiences operating medium sized businesses, took over operation of the town it descended in the third world with respect to civic order and provision of services. A town, which at one time had a thriving CBD and met the needs of most of its residents has become a cultural ghetto which requires the cooperation of local, county and state law enforcement agencies, running joint patrols. to maintain the peace. Only groceries and some dry goods are available locally. Most shopping for durable goods and large ticket, consumer items has to be done in the nearby big city.

While George Bush is at the end of a long line of presidents that has done little, or worse, to stem the tide of illegal immigration, Bush has done more than most to increase illegal immigration. Every time Bush makes an immigration policy pronouncement, illegal immigration rises dramatically as he holds out the carrot of legality without substantial penalty. Every time Bush enforces his "no child ..." policies he costs California taxpayers $10K per year per child as he forces California to educate Mexico's poor. Today almost 1/3 of California's budget goes to meet the consequences of illegal immigration and George Bush is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

44 posted on 01/24/2005 1:57:45 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: usurper

Thanks.


45 posted on 01/24/2005 1:57:53 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: WestCoastGal
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll see your !!!!"WooHoo!!!! and raise you a '!!!YEEEE HAW!!!" :D

46 posted on 01/24/2005 2:05:22 PM PST by LNewman
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To: Marine Inspector; usurper
Can you provide a link, please.

Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security
http://www.csis.org/hs/041213_dhsv2.pdf

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
http://www.csis.org

About CSIS
http://www.csis.org/about/index.htm

47 posted on 01/24/2005 2:08:18 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver; usurper
I got it, thanks.

There is an ongoing argument in my office about this. Since DHS was created, most of us believed CBP and ICE should never have been separate, but a few (mostly management) disagreed.

The merger has already started. This past year, all of ICE's air assets were transferred to CBP. That was only step one. The pro ICE folks won't be happy to see this report.

49 posted on 01/24/2005 2:20:13 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Good...now lets get Dreier and apologist Hugh Hewitt packing too....

50 posted on 01/24/2005 3:36:13 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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