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‘Inexperienced’ Ziglar has backing for post

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers on Wednesday backed James Ziglar, President Bush's pick to head the Immigration and Naturalization Service, despite Ziglar's lack of immigration experience.

"I know he'll do a great job. I know he'll undertake the assignment with great vigor," said Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, who was Ziglar's childhood friend in Pascagoula, Miss.

"All that is left to be said is 'Amen. Let's vote,' " Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., added at the Senate judiciary committee hearing.

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., noted the rare consensus of the usual rivals and joked, "Who is this nominee?"

A vote on Ziglar's nomination by Bush will come later. But Ziglar is certain to be confirmed to take over the beleaguered agency that Congress is intent on reforming.

Ziglar has served for the past three years as the Senate sergeant-at-arms and has spent several years in government. He's the former management director for Paine Webber Inc. and Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc.