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Julie L. Myers
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Julie L. Myers is the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that role, Ms. Myers leads the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government, with more than 15,000 employees, including 6,000 investigators, and an annual budget of more than $4 billion. ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.
Prior to her appointment by President Bush on Jan. 4, 2006, Ms. Myers served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Before that, she was nominated by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce. As Assistant Secretary, Ms. Myers supervised a nationwide law enforcement agency that specialized in export control violation, both civil and criminal.
Prior to her service with the Commerce Department, Ms. Myers served as the Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. Ms. Myers also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes at the Treasury Department.
Prior to that, she also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including narcotics violations, financial crimes, immigration violations, securities fraud, and other white collar criminal cases.
Before joining government service, Ms. Myers was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, Illinois. She also clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. Ms. Myers received her bachelor's degree from Baylor University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She is a native of Shawnee, Kansas.