November 6, 2007, - 2:30 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A number of outraged ICE agents have been sending me this item picked up by all the major cable news networks about a certain Halloween party and interesting “costume.”
Liberal then-Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder called Ronald Reagan,”The Teflon President,” because she felt no criticism stuck to him.
Not that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” is worthy of any comparison to the GREAT Reagan (she wouldn’t be fit to lick his shoes), but she might be called the Teflon Immigration Princess. After all, despite horrendous incompetence, immaturity, millions of illegal aliens laughing at her, multi-millions in waste on Tommy Lasorda confabs and stuffed monkey trinkets, a top crony and personal ICE attorney who used his position to try get his drug dealer brother-in-law out of a federal indictment, etc., the idiots in the Senate (regardless of party) still kiss her butt and gush over this real-life Veruca Salt.
But her latest huge gaff may turn the tides. Seems the ICE Princess hosted an official ICE Halloween costume party (I thought that was for kids–see Mitch Albom’s excellent column on that) and gave special praise to a racist costume. This is in addition to her violating an Equal Employment Opportunities decision requiring her to discipline her top aide, Marcy Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty”, after it was determined that Ms. Forman-Friedman blatantly discriminated against a very qualified Black Customs inspector who wanted to be an ICE agent, telling him she would see to it that “your Black ass” will never get the job. And then there was the ICE Princess galavanting to Black majority city Detroit on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, requiring agents to work on the federal holiday and fetch her Diet Coke.
But this latest takes the cake:
The Department of Homeland Security will investigate a Halloween costume party hosted by a top immigration official and attended by a man dressed in a striped prison outfit, dreadlocks and darkened skin make-up, a costume some say is offensive, the department’s secretary said. . . .
Julie Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and host of the fundraising party, was on a three-judge panel that originally praised the prisoner costume for “originality.”
Myers later apologized for “a few of the costumes,” calling them “inappropriate and offensive.” She said she and other senior managers “deeply regret that this happened.” [DS: Uh, yeah. Now, that she got caught with her panties down, she’s sorry. Riiiight. Crocodile tears.]
A department photographer photographed Myers with the man, but the images were deleted after the costume were deemed offensive[DS: How convenient], ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. [DS: I will have coffee with the first person who e-mails me one of these photos.]
Between 50 and 75 people attended the party, which was a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, a federal government collection of charities.
Nantel said one employee, whom she declined to identify, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison outfit, dreadlocks and a skin “bronzer” intended “to make him look African-American.” But, she said, it was not immediately apparent that he was wearing the make-up.
“Most people in the room didn’t realize he was wearing make-up at all,” she said. [DS: Uh-huh. And most people didn’t realize Kojak was bald. Why didn’t the people in the room at the roast get to say the same about Ted Danson when he posed in Blackface?]
“It was unintentioned. The employee did not mean to offend although there were some employees that were rightfully offended by it,” Nantel said.
Myers and the other judges “noted his costume for originality.”
“There were a couple of people who were offended,” Nantel said. “When it was confirmed through a conversation with the employee that he was wearing make-up,” Nantel said, the employee was counseled and Myers sent out a note to employees apologizing.
In a November 2 email to ICE employees, Myers wrote, “It is now clear that, however unintended, a few of the costumes were inappropriate and offensive. While we were all thrilled to be a part of the CFC fundraising effort, I and the senior management at ICE deeply regret that this happened.”
She reminded all employees to be compliant with the department’s diversity training requirement. [DS: Hint: Real diversity doesn’t mean a dumb, incompentent princess chick atop your agency. Did she go through the training?!]
Myers has served as head of ICE since January of 2006 but is still awaiting Senate confirmation.
An ICE congressional liaison said ICE officials briefed congressional staffers about the costume party this week as a courtesy. But at least one congressional staffer said they approached ICE after receiving an anonymous fax about the incident.
Myers called House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, about the incident and is expected to meet with him before the end of the week, a Thompson spokeswoman told CNN.
Myers also contacted the National Association of African-Americans in the Department of Homeland Security. In a letter to NAADHS members, the group’s vice president, Sjon Shavers, said the group “appreciates (Myers) reaching out to us so quickly in order to keep us apprised of the matter and we commend her on moving so swiftly toward appropriate corrective action.”
As head of ICE, Myers heads the law enforcement agency charged with enforcing immigration law inside the United States. It is the second largest investigative agency in the federal government, with more than 15,000 employees, including 6,000 investigators.
Predictably, Myers’ secret lover Michael “Serpenthead” Chertoff stuck by her, yet again. She could murder someone and he’d “support the actions” this idiot-ette has taken.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff “supports the actions that Assistant Secretary Myers has taken,” DHS spokeswoman Laura Keehner said. “We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior at DHS.”
But this tolerated racism at DHS is costing you, the taxpayers, mucho bucks. Ulysses Hudson, a Homeland Security intelligence analyst in Florida, was awarded a $2.5 million judgment, last week, for racist acts perpetrated on him and, then, retaliation, by DHS officials. That’s on top of the couple hundred thou the Black ICE agent applicant was awarded from your money because of Peppermint Patty’s “Black ass” comment and tactics.
Frankly, both Myers and her eternal protector (what the heck does she have on him?), the Serpenthead, need to go. This cannot be tolerated any longer.
If only Myers had gone to the party in her real-life, everyday costume. Now, that would have been real originality. . .
Or better yet, a great costume for her would be as an immigration enforcer, since she’s never been that, yet (or ever).
Here’s some of the tons of e-mails I’ve been getting from “Myers'” agents at ICE, and–even more important–regular taxpayers who are damned sick of her antics:
WTF? Forget about the costume. How can anyone at her level be so naive not to know there is nothing but heartache at the end of this road? She agrees to be a judge for a Halloween party at WORK? OMG what a moron. Yet nothing she does seems to matter….go figure?
Myers Halloween Issues . . . Another Lapse of Judgment. wow – what more can you say…..?!?
Another Day at ICE. More proof of Cluelessness by our ICE “leadership”
What I find troubling is that folks are giving Myers credit for ‘responding so quickly with corrective action,’ but seem to be overlooking that initially Myers herself thought the costume was ‘original.’ We can assume she was amused by it. This is symptomatic of the racial intolerance and discrimination that pervades senior leadership at ICE. Have we forgotten about Marcy’s discrimination in Houston? What ‘corrective action’ did Myers take as a result of that (hint: none). Why are there so few female leaders in ICE OI (because top ICE official/name redacted doesn’t like women in law enforcement and Marcy doesn’t like any women who she views as competition)? Why is it that [two top ICE officials – names redacted] and others have had open, extra-marital affairs with female subordinates but nothing was done? Yet, this is the type of “leadership” that the Senate is about to bestow upon ICE as having done a ‘good job’…
DS: Actually, I think there are too many incompetent women atop ICE. Not that there’s not enough.
How about the Halloween party the ICE princess threw????Racist. Fund Raiser??? Was Black Ass — there???
And my personal fave:
While Rome Burns . . .
If the ICE Princess is confirmed after this, you’ll know that not only do no Senators care about immigration enforcement, but Black leaders–esp. those in Congress–do not really care about racism.
BTW, where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on this? It’s right up their alley. They could protest, strong-arm some more inner city and Black college internships at ICE and declare The ICE Princess a bona fide Martin Luther King, Jr.-ette.
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