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Switching-Up the Lead

Oct 5, 2007

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Voice is almost back ... at least I think so. Bear with me, just one more day. I think I'm almost there. A big thanks to the pharmaceutical industry.

So, Friday. Something a little different for our Friday lead story. We almost always lead with politics, but today we had the chance for a newsmaker interview — with the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

The agency used to be called the INS, but after the Homeland Security reorganization, which came after the September 11 attacks, of course, the functions of Immigration and Customs were folded together.

Listen and tell us what you think...

Julie Myers is the head of ICE. Her nomination was controversial back in 2005 because some U.S. Senators thought she was too young (she was 36 at the time) and not seasoned enough to run such a big agency. Whether she's proved her critics right or wrong is for others to judge, but there is no question that her agency is at the spear of one of this country's most pressing and emotional issues. We wanted to speak with her because we've been covering issues around immigration, both legal and illegal, for some time now.

Of course, illegal immigration gets the most attention. And Myers' agency is getting attention for raids it has been conducting in attempt to round up illegal immigrants facing criminal charges. Criticism is mounting on both sides ??? Some say the raids are abusive and inhumane; others assert that the agency has waited too long to get busy and has, as a result, let the problem get out of control.

What's it like to be between that rock and hard place?

We want to know, so we hope she???ll come back and tell us more.

Have a great weekend...

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