December 27, 2010, - 1:35 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Top Immigration Cop, Jim Dinkins, Responds to DebbieSchlussel.com ****
I have known many Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents since before the agency was established and they were U.S. Customs Service or INS agents. For those who stayed on the job long enough, it was always a sign of achievement and a tiny modicum of status to achieve the title, “Senior Special Agent.” Typically, agents would get this status and designation after they achieved five or six years on the job (depending on the government pay grade and experience/GS-level with which they entered the job).
But, now, as if morale isn’t low enough at ICE, the biggest agency in the Department of Homeland Security, the designation has been eliminated. Read this memo from James Dinkins, who heads the Office of Investigations for ICE. He previously changed the name to “Homeland Security Investigations,” probably because when ICE agents were attending to Hurricane Katrina victims, back in 2005, he and other ICE agents were mistaken for people with frozen water. Now, though, he’s eliminated the Senior Special Agent designation.
This is an agency with many good agents desperate to get out, and many of the best have already left or will soon retire. With this latest attack on achievement and introduction of what is essentially Marxism–everyone must be treated “equally”–into ICE, there is little incentive for even younger, less experienced agents to hang on for even five or six years. No wonder the agency is hemorrhaging and has a greater turnover among agents than ever. This doesn’t help, and agents who’ve been in the agency for many years are angry that this designation and title has been taken away from them for absolutely no reason other than an attack on achievement–their achievement.
Maybe if ICE and its “Homeland Security Investigations” division spent more time actually investigating illegal aliens in our midst, instead of eliminating titles of achievement for agents, our country would be safer. But that’s the thing: ICE agents mostly have their hands tied. They can’t do much investigating anymore or rounding up illegal aliens at worksite enforcement operations, all of which were ended by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her boss Barack Obama. So, this is what they are reduced to.
As I’ve noted on this site before, I know Jim Dinkins, whom I met over ten years ago, when he, himself, was a Senior Special Agent in the U.S. Customs Service in Detroit and was doing excellent work busting Muslims who financed Islamic terrorism. Jim is a good guy, and I can’t believe this Obama-esque BS was Dinkins’ idea. Again, it’s pure Marxism and an attack on achievement to get rid of designations and titles for those who have been around and have experience. I’d bet this is the idea of Suzie “Stripper Pole” Barr, an incompetent party girl from Arizona who was a top aide to Janet Napolitano when she was Governor of the state. Barr is pretty much running (into the ground) ICE. Officially, she is the “Chief of Staff” for the agency, but everyone knows she’s running the show and the Islamo-pandering froofy boy John Mor(t)on, who officially heads ICE is mostly a figurehead like Prince Charles.
Barr is Napolitano’s “man” heading the agency. She’s mostly known for her arrogance, incompetence, airheadedness, and referring to a support column near her desk as her “stripper pole.” It’s why all of the agents call her “Suzie Stripper Pole” behind her back, not because they want the nightmare image of her on such a pole indelibly stamped on their minds.
Barr is very sensitive to the rightful objections of ICE agents that this airhead-ette is running their agency. And it would be just like her, many of them say, to get rid of their titles and recognition of their achievements and experience. She has absolutely no respect for that.
ICE agents thought things couldn’t get worse for them under George W. Bush who destroyed their two previous agencies to create the aimless ICE. But now it is worse. Much, much worse.
And since ICE’s “leadership” apparently doesn’t like titles, I propose we get rid of the titles “ICE chief of staff” and “Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” Getting rid of those titles and the people currently occupying them will go a long way.
Sadly, instead, ICE is getting rid of any incentive for agents to stay in that sinking agency.
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