posted on Sep, 7 2005 @ 06:33 PM
Although both FEMA and Customs both fall under the Homeland Security umbrella, Customs officials are now telling their employees to stop volunteering
to help FEMA. Instead Custom officials are telling their employees that they should instead help law enforcement officials. This information was
contained in an internal memo that was obtained by the Associated Press
WASHINGTON Sep 7, 2005 — The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency told its employees Wednesday to stop volunteering for hurricane
relief duty with the government's primary disaster agency so they can focus on helping New Orleans police instead.
In an internal memorandum distributed to Customs Enforcement employees, the agency's director of human resources, Christine M. Greco, directed workers
to withdraw offers to volunteer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Both agencies are under the Department of Homeland Security, and
immigration and customs employees have been helping FEMA in rescue support roles such as helping hurricane victims fill out paper work and so on.
"We want to be careful we're not stretched too thin," said a spokesman for Customs Enforcement, Dean Boyd. "It's a daunting task helping … local
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What gets me on this order is that the reason that Greco gave was to prevent them from being stretched too thin. How is that when the memo is telling
the would-be FEMA volunteers that they should instead help ICE and local law enforcement? Seems to me that Customs is not on the same page as FEMA and
instead of assisting and rescuing the victims, Customs is advocating that the volunteers now chase after the law breakers.
What is more important here, the people's lives or the saviing of property?