March 5, 2008, - 12:36 pm
ICE, The Joke that Keeps on Giving: New 2nd in Command at ICE Used Agency as Personal Harem; Gave Jobs to Women Who Slept w/Him – Son of Lasorda
By Debbie Schlussel
Why is inside baseball at our nation’s immigration enforcement agency important? Because incompetence rises to the top, and illegal aliens need not worry . . .
Great news for those few female agents at ICE who don’t mind sleeping with the married boss to get ahead. Your prayers have been answered.
Proud high school graduate John P. Torres is the new number two at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations overseeing it’s Detention and Removal Operations, Office of Investigations and Federal Protective Service. That means he’s running the place for incompetentette Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess,” but won’t have to go through the Senate confirmation process (kinda like she barely did).
Finally, they pick a person with INS experience for the leadership of ICE, but they pick the WORST PERSON possible. Good luck, America. National security just got way worse.
I thought the agency was at its lowest point possible under incompetent ICE Chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess.”
Sadly, I was wrong. A few days ago, I got an e-mail that The ICE Princess picked a new Prince, a new Deputy Assistant Secretary of ICE. When the person told me the name of the choice, John P. Torres, I thought that person was on crack. But, again, I was wrong. Clearly, the person who chose him, The ICE Princess, is the one on crack.
Despite ethics complaints against him for allegedly sleeping with his assistant who claimed he sexually harassed her, Deputy Assistant Secretary for ICE, John Clark, was allowed to retire from ICE with a full pension and a job with a Fortune 500 company.
I guess, given the fact that she already picked one guy who used ICE as a harem, Myers decided to pick yet another to replace him, Torres.
Readers of this site will remember my multiple columns and postings on John Torres, ICE’s own version of “Seinfeld”‘s George Costanze (with apologies to Costanza). He’s the guy who wasted $50,000 in your tax money–meant for rounding up, jailing, and deporting illegal aliens–to pay baseball’s Tommy Lasorda to speak at a weeklong party Torres hosted. The party–whose purpose was solely to promote Torres (and hey, it worked!)–cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries of ICE personnel, travel costs, food, and hotel bills. You paid for that, too, even though you and your Congressmen and Senators allocated the money for illegal alien deportation, NOT John Torres’ partying.
Torres is also the married guy who used his perch atop ICE’s Detention and Removal Office to pick extra-marital girlfriends who slept with him for key jobs at ICE for which they were not qualified. That’s not just unethical, it’s against the law. Since the man operated ICE as his own personal harem and concubine farm team, I think the title “The ICE Prince” is quite appropriate for Torres. His behavior would make a Saudi prince drool.
Torres has a gazillion ethics complaints against him. He’s hired many cronies who were not only unqualified for positions high atop ICE, and he pushed through people who could NOT PASS a background check for security clearance. Hello . . .? When Torres’ choices for positions at ICE didn’t meet the government-mandated qualifications for experience, he ignored them and formed his own faux hiring committee to rubber stamp his picks. A vindictive, power-mad, Napoleon-type, his behavior is more like Saddam in power than a man who wants to find and deport illegal aliens in our midst. Expect that be exacerbated now that he’s running the show.
One of Torres’ many unqualified hires was a man named Gary Mead, whom he just got Julie Myers to pick as his replacement as Director of Detention and Removal Operations. But Mead, whom some agents tell me is not a bad guy personally, had zero immigration experience when he was hired– about two years ago!–into ICE. He is not even an immigration officer and, as some agents say, couldn’t tell a U.S. citizen from an alien. He worked for the U.S. Marshal Service, and there was a time when he was not going to clear security for the job with ICE because of issues while with the Marshal Service.
It’s monetary wastes like Torres’ Lasorda convention and ineffective running of Detention and Removal Operations that have led to multiple DHS Inspector General reports on failures of his DRO department. Torres never had any experience in detention and removal of aliens. His only experience was as an INS agent in the Office of Investigations under the old INS. Many experienced Detention and Removal people gave him many recommendations on how to make his department run better, how to save money, round up more illegal aliens, and get more jail beds for them. But Torres ignored all of those recommendations, which were all made, yet again, in one or more of the Inspector General reports. Things are so bad that I hear from demoralized DRO agents who worked for Torres, on a daily basis.
It would not matter that he does not have a college degree and is completely uneducated, if he was a respected law enforcement official with top notch experience. Instead, he’s gone from INS assistant district director of investigations in Chicago to running ICE in a short period of five years. That meteoric rise doesn’t reflect competence. It represents promotion without basis. As with everything else at ICE, the manure rises to the top. The best and brightest people are persecuted and remain at the bottom or mid-level.
It’s things like this that are the reason that good, experienced ICE agents are fleeing the agency and retiring early in droves. Look for that hemorhaging to become a flood under Torres. He is unversally hated and disrespected. A huge joke.
One of the reasons Torres was picked for the job is that he’s Hispanic, and Myers has hired no minorities for any leadership positions at ICE. Since ICE mostly picks up Hispanic illegal aliens (and leaves Islamic extremist hotbeds like Dearbornistan largely off-limits), Myers wants a Hispanic face on it to give it the kosher seal of approval. But there are many competent, hard-working Latino agents throughout ICE. He is not one of them. I know several of them who are far more deserving of the position that Torres fell into, and not one respects Torres or likes the idea that he supposedly represents them.
And, as much as I’ve decried the behavior of Marcy M. Forman-Freedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty,” ICE’s Director of Investigations, at least she had experience in investigations, having run the successful Operation Greenquest at U.S. Customs. Since she and John Torres are mortal enemies, she will likely be pushed out and replaced by yet another incompetent, inexperienced, and unqualified Torres crony. Ah, the spoils of victory.
Recently, I got through reading the boring script for “Crossing Over” a/k/a “ICE, The Movie.” I marveled at how it defamed dedicated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents trying to do their jobs and enforce the law. (Stay tuned for more on that.)
But I was thinking: If they really wanted to make ICE look bad, they needn’t lie about the many great street- and mid-level agents I’ve come to know and respect a great deal. They only need show us the reality of the sorry “leadership” of this agency.
And I would cast Jason Alexander in the part of John Torres.
As one of the many demoralized ICE agents, outraged over Torres’ appointment, told me:
It’s like a bad movie you can’t walk out on.
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