- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

From combined dispatches

President Bush yesterday renominated Julie L. Myers to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a year after he was forced to make her a recess appointment during questions about her qualifications for the job.

She was among the more than 100 executive branch and judicial nominations the president sent to the Senate yesterday, even as Republican officials said four high-profile judicial nominees who had been blocked during Republican control of Congress asked that their names be withdrawn.

The officials said that William Haynes, William G. Myers III and Judge Terrence Boyle had all decided to abandon their quest for confirmation. Another nominee, Michael Wallace, let it be known last month that he too had asked Mr. Bush to withdraw his nomination.

Mrs. Myers’ recess appointment expired at the end of the last Congress. During her year in office, ICE expanded enforcement, but many members of Congress said they wanted to see still more operations. Her nomination will give both Democrats and Republicans in Congress a platform to criticize the president’s immigration policy.

She was one of several recess appointees Mr. Bush renominated yesterday. Another was Ellen R. Sauerbrey, the former Republican candidate for Maryland governor, who Mr. Bush has tapped to be assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. Her nomination proved to be contentious because of her pro-life views.

Among the four judicial nominees to withdraw, Mr. Haynes is the Pentagon’s top lawyer, and was an architect of Mr. Bush’s now-abandoned policy toward treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism. He had been tapped for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Boyle is a federal judge in North Carolina, and his appointment to the 4th Circuit provoked opposition from Democrats who cited his rulings in civil rights and disability cases, as well as his higher-than-average reversal rate by higher courts.

Mr. Myers, nominated to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sparked opposition from environmentalist organizations and their allies among Senate Democrats.

Mr. Wallace’s appointment to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals drew opposition from Democrats, civil rights groups and the American Bar Association.

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