Border official to Bush: You can’t fire me

Seattle Times

07/12/07

A dispute over a backyard wall in Whatcom County [Washington] has reached all the way to the White House, with President Bush firing International Boundary Commissioner Dennis Schornack over his handling of the matter. But on Wednesday Schornack rejected his dismissal by the commander-in-chief. In a strongly worded letter to Bush, Schornack said the International Boundary Commission (IBC) is an independent, international organization outside the U.S. government’s jurisdiction. Schornack wrote that according to the 1908 treaty that created the IBC, a vacancy can only be created by ‘the death, resignation or other disability’ of a commissioner. Thus, Schornack said, the president cannot fire him. … Schornack’s lawyer, Elliot Feldman, said Schornack was fired because he refused to let the Justice Department handle the legal battle over a cement wall built by Shirley-Ann and Herbert Leu of Blaine, which Schornack says illegally encroaches on the U.S.-Canadian border and must be torn down...

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