August 8, 2012, - 2:13 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Top NY Homeland Security Cop Sues Napolitano; Alleges Obama DHS Officials’ Anti-Straight Discrimination, Demands for Oral Sex – “J-No Appointed Lesbian Girlfriend, ICE Chief of Staff Harassed Male Agents”

By Debbie Schlussel

*** UPDATE, Sept 2, 2012: Suzanne Barr, ICE Chief of Staff, Resigns After Firestorm Started by Schlussel Story – Buh-Bye! ***

*** UPDATE, August 21, 2012: EXCLUSIVE: Explicit DHS/ICE Lawsuit Sexual Harassment Affidavits; More Harassment of Men @ Obama’s Homeland Security ***

New York’s top Department of Homeland Security cop is suing Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in an explosive but heretofore unnoticed federal lawsuit alleging Homeland Security employment discrimination against straight male agents by Napolitano (READ the federal complaint) in favor of her lesbian girlfriend and sexual harassment of male agents by Napolitano’s handpicked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr. The lawsuit alleges that Barr demanded a male ICE Special Agent engage in oral sex with her and that she relocated three top male ICE agents’ offices to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters. All of the alleged misconduct was the behavior of Barack Obama’s hand-picked people running the Department of Homeland Security, who’ve created a hostile work environment for straight male agents, a story I recently broke on this site.

Many of the key allegations are stories I’ve broken on this site over the years, and the federal civil rights lawsuit gives more details. The 21-page federal federal complaint was filed in late May by New York Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) James T. Hayes, New York’s top Homeland Security official. He was previously the ICE Director of Detention and Removal Operations, in charge of the deportation of illegal aliens around the country. It’s not every day that a federal official at that level files a lawsuit against the head of his agency.


NY ICE Special Agent in Charge Jim Hayes (top left) Sues Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Over Sexual Harassment by Suzanne Barr (bottom left) and Anti-Straight Discrimination in Favor of J-No Girlfriend Dora Schriro (bottom right)


Partners in Harassment/Discrimination: DHS Chief Janet Napolitano & Flamboyant ICE Chief John (Moron) Morton

The lawsuit further elucidates several stories reported on this site about discrimination against straight male Homeland Security officials in favor gay officials, including Napolitano’s girlfriend, Dora Schriro. As I noted, Schriro had zero experience in law enforcement, and yet, she was appointed ICE Policy Director and set the current Obama immigration enforcement policy of not enforcing immigration laws. (Schriro, who made a mess of Arizona’s prisons and empowered violent prisoners against prison guards, is now making a mess of New York’s prisons, a cushy job Napolitano got her so she could be close to a sick relative in New York.)

The suit also contains confirmation of another story I broke on this site, the sexual harassment of male Homeland Security Agents by ICE Chief of Staff Barr, who is known as “Suzy ‘Stripper Pole’ Barr” because Ms. Barr jokes that a building structural support in her office is a stripper pole, and she constantly harasses male agents in the vicinity of the “stripper pole,” including, sources say, dropping items and demanding the agents bend down to pick them up. Barr was brought to the Department of Homeland Security from Arizona by Napolitano and installed as ICE Chief of Staff. She was previously Napolitano’s Chief of Staff in the Arizona Gubernatorial office and has absolutely no law enforcement experience. Agents say that this bimbo, Barr, is the person really running ICE (the Department of Homeland Security’s largest agency), not Obama appointee John Morton, whom Napolitano didn’t want in charge of ICE. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” books ain’t got nothin’ on this pervert-ette. The suit states,

Barr humiliated another male employee by calling that male employee in his hotel room and screaming at him that she wanted ‘his c-ck in the back of [her] throat.

It goes on to say,

Barr covertly took an ICE blackberry [sic] device assigned to a male Special Agent in Charge and set a Blackberry Messenger message to his female supervisor indicating that the male employee had a crush on the female supervisor and fantasized about her. These actions and others . . . were all taken to humiliate and intimidate male employees. . . . Barr promoted and otherwise rewarded those male employees who woulod play along with her sexually charged games including the three male employees whose office she relocated to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters.

With regard to Napolitano and her girlfriend Schriro, the suit alleges that Napolitano replaced Hayes with Schriro at meetings and in policy decisions regarding removal of illegal aliens:

Schriro was named as a Special Advisor to Secretary Napolitano on Detention and Removal Operations. . . . Schriro was not as qualified for the position Plaintiff had because of her lack of Federal law enforcement experience. . . . Schriro enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Secretary. Plaintiff believe that he was being replaced in his duties because of this relationship. . . .

Plaintiff was aware that Schriro enjoyed a long standing relationship with Plaintiff’s ultimate supervisor, Secrtary Napolitano, and that Napolitano was promoting Schriro because of this relationship, and not because of any relevant skills, over Plaintiff, who had far more relevant experience in the field.

Hayes’ lawsuit claims that he was repeatedly turned down for and/or jerked around regarding assignments and promotions that he sought within ICE and that this harmed him economically. He also claimed that when he complained about this he was retaliated against. He cites several investigations against him by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) that he claims are trumped up.

I should note that one such investigation involves Hayes’ attendance at a San Diego Padres Major League Baseball game at which Hayes and another ICE official who is apparently his friend, the incredibly sleazy and dishonest John P. Torres (who used ICE funds to get his extra-marital girlfriends jobs for which they were not qualified, etc.), were sitting in box seats. (Torres is now ICE Special Agent in Charge in Washington, DC, because the sleaze and crap at ICE always rises to the top.) Hayes has his share of detractors, and several ICE agents complained to me about this incident, saying that government funds were used so they could fly to San Diego (where they say a convenient, phony “government meeting” was set up as an excuse) and that the box seats were provided to them either free of charge or at a significantly discounted rate, in violation of ICE rules. Hayes alleges in his complaint that he did nothing wrong, that there was legitimate “government business,” and that he was cleared in the OPR investigation.

Regardless of the veracity of either side of that issue, I have heard one thing universally from the many ICE agents and Homeland Security officials who contact me on a regular basis:

That Janet Napolitano and Department of Homeland Security officials running Immigration and Customs Enforcement discriminate against straight male agents (in favor of gay agents) and harass them. And that Suzy Barr constantly sexually harasses male agents in an open, consistent pattern and practice without any negative or disciplinary response from Napolitano or anyone in the Obama administration. (Several agents believe that Obama ICE Chief John Morton is bisexual and that this is part of the reason he allows this behavior and discrimination to continue under his watch. As I’ve noted, the man he appointed to be his deputy, Dan Ragsdale, is openly gay and harasses straight male agents regularly. When John Morton leaves ICE, Ragsdale will be running the show and many agents have questions about their relationship. As I also told you, Morton’s Assistant Deputy is lesbian Beth Gibson, for whom a new, waste-of-money government job was created so she could be near her girlfriend in Colorado, and ICE money was wasted so top officials could attend the girlfriend’s ICE Academy graduation.) All of these Obama officials and their cronies use ICE as their own personal harem, and straight males are the victims.

And this is why so many ICE agents plan to vote for Mitt Romney and cannot wait until the cretinous Obama incompetents running the agency are out. And it’s why, as I’ve repeatedly noted on this site, morale couldn’t get lower at ICE under Obama, and its employees rank it near the bottom of government agencies. The lawsuit’s allegations only confirm that.

Stay tuned to this site for further developments.


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now everyone that banged Suzie has to be a little nervous…..right LA?

thetruthiscoming on August 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Do we really want what is best for the country? If so, burn the Federal Register and get rid of every vestige of Homeland Security. Then get government to take a twenty year paid vacation. Oh, and a return to sound money would really help.

BillNM on August 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

These are the usual suspects doing the usual things –

FUBAR on August 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

On the surface it looks like the agency is being run by some who have no idea how a professional workplace should be run.

Reading the comments here it looks like a bunch of empty suits who needed a kick in the ass, got it and are still smarting that they had to actually work for someone who might have been younger or less experienced than themselves. If you were such superior agents why are you whining and bitching from a keyboard? You obviously were inferior in your superiors eyes and probably everyone else around you even though they didnt tell you. But take heart because as you seethe sitting at home you can keep convincing yourself that you are or were an agent that all others should aspire to be. Just dont forget that when the alarm goes off Monday morning you will still be a whiner and know it all as you sit down at your cubicle in the office (probably after exchanging pleasantries with someone that you disparaged here).
Typical disgruntled know it all empty suits!!!

The Truth on August 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

As we get close to election time and the appointees realize their party time is over, travel to and expenses for trips, parties and visits to the most exotically located offices worldwide will double. Prepare to hear of boondoggles, government sponsored trips, fraud, waste and abuse. The question is what is the Department’s response. This “leadership” lacks integrity and they share a since of entitlement. Shortly after they are appointed they take on this ridiculous notion they are somebody. November 2012 the political flush will take place, it will be interesting to see how many have to come back to testify. More-A-Commin! Watch the “Leadership”

Avenger 4-Ever on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    JM, SB, PV and the SAC of New Orleans RRP, made a few “memorable” trips to South America (Colombia) back in 2009. Just ask the agents who worked there.

    JJI on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Yep – the Secret Service has nothing on John Morton.

      AFeedingFrenzy on August 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

      Right you are JJI

      You see there were hookers at the bar, hookers in the room and hookers everywhere entertaining Headquarter, local staff in country and a notible ranking member. Don’t you think its time it came out. I do!

      Advenger-4-Ever on August 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

This isn’t just the talk of the NY office, this was the topic in HSI offices all over the country.

I’d like to see this lawsuit take its course. It’s about time some of these antics were exposed. I wish Mr. Hayes luck in his endeavour.

On the other hand, I know agents who have been 1811s much longer than Mr. Hayes and who have attempted to enhance, diversify and advance their career only to be hindered by the lack of a “hook” or juice. Agents have attempted to “lateral” over to other areas in HSI over and over and over and over and over and over again only to be met with disappointment and fustration with seeing less qualified people get the positions. Agents have taken the 14 test over and over again and been on multiple lists only to see less experienced agents obtain supervisory jobs. Maybe these relentless agents are trying to climb the career ladder, maybe they’re trying to better themselves OR MAYBE THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO BRING A LITTLE BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE TO THEIR FAMILY.

But what are these relentless agents met with time and time and time and time again, ‘sorry buddy, not this time, try again’.

Are some of these agents “whiners”? Maybe. Or maybe they’re just a bit bitter because they’re closed out of the HSI career ladder and see their career in a stall.

Having said all that the only cliche’ I can think of is “Karma Sucks”,sir.

I wish you luck in your lawsuit Sir, but remember there are people in your office who have suffered the same indignation from the treatment they’ve received.

ICEDover on August 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Taking the 14 test over and over again. That’s sort of like how they rate 14’s now, they rate them as qualified but will not consider to even promote them to 15. Can someone say 1-800-LAWSUIT?

    MuddyWatters on August 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Ask JH why back in late 2005 when M Forman and John Clark where in charge and they selected him to run the Human Smuggling Trafficking Center (HSTC) he got caught embellishing on his resume regarding gang enforcement in Orange County and was subsequently denied the position when his claims were found to be false. ICE got a big time black eye on that one. Then instead of demoting him they let him keep his 15 and tried to send him to SAC/LA as an ASAC. That’s when JT stepped in and gave him the FOD position.

OIAForLife on August 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

thetruthiscoming….. could that be the same LA white male around 40 that Suzy relocated to the bathroom and who later got his SES….. even though he was not the actual pick of the Director?

belugajedi on August 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

They are all corrupt, PV the current head of Office of International Affairs (OIA), and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), and his buddies JM, and SB. Someone should also review (hopefully DHS/OIG)recent promotions in OIA to DAD positions, very suspect to say the least.

Mr. Foreign Ops on August 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

The Truth –

That was a pretty funny post, and definitely some truth to the whiner factor – with folks heading back to their cubes muttering how unfair it is. However, this is at least one instance where some of these whiners are right on point. The real truth is that there is a better way to place people in executive and leadership positions. There are plenty of people here in ICE who have rapidly ascended the career ladder to SES positions by 40 and they are not disparaged here. Some ARE that good, sharp and knowledgeable. You don’t see people banging on HSI Director Dinkins here, even if he does make decisions that some agents might disagree with on his policies. Kumar Kibble, the last Deputy Director was young and ambitious, and again, very little criticism. Al Pena, great guy, the list goes on of people that these whiners respect. This guy Hayes is an exception.

It is not just his subordinates who were shocked by his rise, but his peers as well. He was never qualified for any of the jobs he held, then he questions the qualifications of Schiro? This woman was the DIRECTOR of corrections in two states. It is natural for political appointees to place their own people in on major issues of policy. So what that Nobbslitano put her in charge of detention policy. What…Hayes with his 2 years of experience overseeing Federal immigration detention is so much more qualified that someone with 25 years in the state and local business? She was never the Director of ERO anyway, but if Napilatano wanted her to be the point person on detention policy changes within ICE, that’s her prerogative. Hayes didn’t know anything about deportation and detention before he was FOD, talk about unqualified. Two years there and he is detailed to run the show at HQ and then gets the permanent job. I call that dangerous. Hayes basing his lawsuit that he was bypassed in favor of someone less qualified is laughable. How many Deportation Officers and Supervisors with decades of experience were passed over for him?

Hayes was on a meteoric rise that made no sense to anyone, probably even himself. A lot of the senior ICE attorney staff at HQ knew Morton from back in the day when he worked with INS. I’d bet those same people gave him an assessment of Marcy Forman, John Torres, and Jim Hayes, and I’d bet it was not good (although there were some who did like Hayes’ decisiveness I am told).

Hayes getting the boot had nothing to do with Barr. She might well deserve to get fired for harassing statements, but poor Jim Hayes wasn’t targeted for reassignment because he was male. That theory loses all grounding when the replacements for the ICE Deputy Director, ERO Director, and HSI Director were ALL males. This is just further proof of what a dope this guy is.

Bottom line, this guy had been faking it his whole career, and finally got found out. There are plenty of SACs and leaders (Dinkins for example) that were real agents, then real supervisors, real mid-level managers, real senior managers then finally executives based on merit. Hayes was an unheralded patrol agent, a special agent for a few years, then maneuvered his way through HQ to get a 15 without a day as a field supervisor at any level in ANY organization. This is a guy you make FOD of LA, then acting director ERO, then Director? It was a mistake. He only got the SAC NY job because he was making so much noise about a filing a suit. Any other agency would have laughed at this guy and his out-sized mannerisms coupled with his HS diploma.

I have no idea if Barr said or did the things he alleges, if so she should be dealt with. But to see this guy complain about being aside for a woman with fewer qualifications (as if he had any himself) is pathetic. He is and will remain an embarrassment to ICE until he retires, which since he is only 40 or so, is far tooooooo long.

And BTW, I am generally satisfied with my career and where it stands, so I am not whining, just telling the — truth.

please on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    He was a DO at Western Region HQ and an SA in SAC/SD for a very limited time. Check the Colombia trips from JM, PV, SB, and RRP. Thats’s the key. Caio.

    Mr Bean on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Please – Bravo!

    belugajedi on August 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I think a lot of folks are missing the point. Was JH promoted based on cronyism? Yep. Did Napolitano/Morton come in and do some rearranging? Yep. Does cronyism still exist in the agency? Yep. But JH is claiming retaliation in his lawsuit based on his previous EEO filing. With all of the antics and “non-competitive appointments” that take place ON A DAILY BASIS in all offices throughout DHS, there might be some merit to his claims. All I can say is that it’s a sad day. DHS is a disgrace and a failed experiment. We are no safer now than we were prior to 9/11, and we sit here and bitch about which administration is worse. They both suck, they both are FULL of political hacks and, let’s face it folks, we’re more concerned with one-off interdictions and cracking down on fake Rolexes that we are with securing the borders and protecting national security. I don’t care what legacy agency folks are from, DHS is all about the stats and not about the long term goals. That’s why the Bureau kicks DHS’ ass at everything.

    G: Bull’s Eye! DS

    Govie on August 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Oh and the new OIA DAD.

Mr Bean on August 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

“The pot calling the kettle black”

Hayes knows the careers he ruined, the people he stepped on, and the nasty beat-red head temper he has…. Hayes has many, many haters, and all with good cause, because as it was said already when he was the benefactor of the quick and unqualified promotions, things were good. There is nothing wrong with being SAC of NY, but this boy’s ego is soo large, he cant help himself, but want even more…

FOD Robin Baker was never OI or HSI, but is far more qualified to be a Director or SAC any day of the week including Sunday.

Hayes is lucky to have what he has, but he is a “cancer” that needs to be put to rest.

There may be some truths to this suit, to bad the Plaintiff is just as guilty.

PFC Downey on August 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Maybe Jim H. should change his nickname from Bull-Dog to Bull-Shit !

    Vador on August 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Lets not loose sight of who we need to direct our disgust!!!

GV on August 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

Reading these comments with all the talk of promotions, positions, careers, etc. just makes the average American worker (you know, the guy or gal actually involved in productive activity) sick to the stomach. Us mundanes figure we have more to fear from our own government who operate under color of law than we do any terrorist bunch.

G. W. Bush was right – the constitution is just a damn piece of paper.

DX10 on August 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

Way To Go, Debbie! With all of the bad news being reported concerning Romney’s campaign this is a great change of pace.

Please do keep up the good work.

Danno-a-JyD on August 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

Precisely. Nevermind hayes, who cares if he’s an *sshole? However, this administration and this secretary have treated all career employees like sh*t since the day they got here. Remember, the secretary moved to terminate 8 career secret service agents based on the unconfirmed allegations of a foreign prostitute. Here, a career employee has made specific factual allegations that he alleges can be easily substantiated, and without any kind of enquiry whatsoever, the secretary attempts to sweep those allegations under the rug by simply declaring them unfounded. Where is the anger from career employees who have been treated like sh*t while Morton and Barr have used taxpayer funds to pay for their worldwide par-tey??

GAG on August 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

Is there any evidence at all that Napolitano or Schriro are lesbian? Being middle-aged and unmarried is not evidence. It seems Schriro is a widow (her husband died some 17 years ago) who has a gentleman friend:

They may well be incompetent and malicious, but let’s please not have insinuations that are groundless. (The Hayes complaint just says there is a longstanding personal relationship, not that it is sexual, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the two women are personal friends as well as longtime boss and subordinate.)

Eric on August 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

I don’t know Hayes and have heard both good and terrible – eye of the beholder, etc. But I am HSI SA who recently returned from a tour overseas and had the hardest time getting ANY location, let alone back home. I ended up in Intel, because OIA was forcing me out (according to the new career path) and there was no where else, at least I was told, available.

I was at the recent conference in New Orleans (May 30-31) and heard a story going around that makes me believe these claims. Barr was at the conference as well, and sent a post-it note to an agent she liked. Said to meet her in her hotel room at a certain time. He shows it to another guy, a witness, Caben Chester, and says what do I do? Caben says stay away, she’s dangerous – but doesn’t realize Barr had migrated to be standing next to them. Barr tells the agent she sent the post-it note to that if he knows what’s good for his career, he’ll meet her in her room.

The next day, the guy tells Caben he did it, banged her all night, and shows him pictures of Barr naked and says – this is my insurance in case she does to me what she has done to everyone else.

Scary stuff for an agency supposedly protecting the country. Ask Caben.

AFeedingFrenzy on August 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

I love it when the Nazis turn on each other.

Puck T. Smith on August 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

What a PICTURE PERFECT little Nazi. Like they plucked Napolitano out of a WWII Concentration Camp Guard Unit.

John on August 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Jim is basically a self absorbed ASS, but he does speak the truth about Suzie Barr, but Suzie is not the only one with a checkered past at ICE. As we all know, Mr. Mead from ERO came to ICE after being chased out of the USMS for having relations with one of his subordinate employees behind closed ddors in his office.

    ICE / ERO on August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

And People wonder why TSA is loaded with perverts: It is a well documented fact that TSA has never caught a Terrorist, but, TSA Human Resources has HIRED a whole lot of Terrorists. As a matter of fact, TSA Human Resources only hires Terrorists. The best “anti-terrorist” move the USA could make, would be to arrest everyone that TSA Human Resources hires because that is all they hire, Terrorists. Rapists, Thieves, Muggers, Pedophiles, Drug Smugglers. — This is a deliberate parallel to the Gestapo, KGB, STASI and similar Totalitarian Secret police, who prefer the anti-social misfits in their ranks, as such types happily engage in repression, oppression, and abuse of Human RIGHTS.. President George W. Bush hired the former head of the East German Stasi Marcus Wolf to consult Homeland Security.

John on August 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

This isn’t about people complaining that such and such got a job over another. This is about an incompetent complaining that he is being replaced by another incompetent because he was a man, yet ultimately being replaced by a man. This man (Hayes) has the ability not only to make his employees’ lives miserable, but to affect public safety, government efficiency, and national security. It is frightening that someone like him has the authority and power he does. Not that he’d use it for evil purposes, but his sheer incompetence could endanger us.

please on August 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

…..boom…booom’t got no game..ain’t got no game, boom..baboom..ain’t got no game, ain’t got no game…

QTD on August 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Oh what tangled webs weave when first we practice to deceive.

spookmoor on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 am

Let me say hair, dat mr. Hayes he be a good man, I know cuz we graduate from Parc University, you know the other poison ivy school. Hayes he gots some smarts and I see it when do his homework online… Hayes make good monee cuz he gotz an edumication. I hope mr Hayes he come to school soon and get a masters diploma, he a funny man. Y yoo all talk so bad about my boy?

Shepherds Pie on August 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You HSI guys got to be the biggest bunch of whining S@#$heads in federal law enforecement. If you don’t like your jobs, go get another one, and if you are not willing to, then shut up. Nobody wants to hear your crying. Think about it, Jim Hayes, the SAC of one of the most prestigious offices in the country crying because he didn’t get his way? What a wimp! This case speaks volumes about the HSI culture and the people that work there.

    I hate whiners on August 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      And may I ask what “Federal Law Enforcement Agency” you work for?

      B. on August 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Absolutely! Succinctly put, that is exactly what HSI has become, a giant bumbling, inept, inexperienced, BS federal agency that has been populated by “hand picked” Clowns that have nothing else to do but whine and cry all day about any perceived affront to them. And, No, hell no they are not going to leave, where else in a federal “law enforcement” (term used loosely to describe HSI) is an “agent” going to get an automatic 13 and above without any heavy lifting as in experience and knowledge, and actually doing the job of a “criminal investigator”? That’s what the job description demands. HSI agents are getting the same pay as FBI and others while producing 1/100th the work load, processing aliens and then releasing them doesn’t count. And, no experience and competence is expected of the Clowns!

      Just like everything else about HSI, it sounds very good, very tough, in writing, and it’s a cool job because you get to carry a badge and a gun (chicks dig it!) In reality it has been transformed into an emasculated, ball-less, fake tough guy/girl of an agency, and what role models! Clowns.

      QTD on September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

Regarding this comment and all other similar comments:

“There is no way a white male can win in this agency, so, what to do? Many I know are now putting in requests for outside employment to open up retail business, do motivational speaking, etc and taking $$$ out of their TSPs to do it. Why? because they know there is no reasonable hope for them of promotion or career development – they are stuck, Stuck, STUCK, and they know the cavalry is not coming to save them.”

The latest average wage index for the United States, reported by the Social Security Administration, is $41,673.83 per year.

The average salary of a special agent at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reported by, is $109,220.

If you aren’t happy working for ICE and feel you’re entitled to more money/a higher position, leave.

A lot of people in the U.S. would like to earn your pay…and would be disgusted with your sense of entitlement.

Please Grow Up on August 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

Just Grow Up:

I appreciate your sense of altruism, but please spare me your disingenuous BS.

People are pragmatic, and do and will act in their own best interest – this includes you.

In a time of no COLAs, no promotions, increasing health insurance premiums, etc., the only thing that matters is family and caring for them and their future. No one is going to stand by and watch their hard work be ignored. Many agents are very smart and driven people and, if the economy didn’t suck, these same people taking $$$ out of their TSPs may already be in the private sector (and still may leave government if the economy improves sufficiently enough). That said, all that will be left in HSI 5, 10, 15 years from now are the otherwise unemployable (cartons and buffoons).

Your self-righteous indignation may work with others, but I don’t buy it, not for a microsecond.

StillShakingMyHead on August 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Sorry for the auto-correct: cartons should read crooks.

StillShakingMyHead on August 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

@ Belugajedi, yes, got laid and an SES, good deal when you can get it. JT and Hayes’s boy. Was he ever an AFOD at least?

thetruthiscoming on August 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

LMFAO!!!!! ICE is a total shitbag of a wannabe agency. There’s a lot more asswipes that belong on that list going all the way to the beltway.

Karma f**kin’ bites, doesn’t it!?

IceNoMore on August 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Congrats Debbie, you nailed it again before the MSM.

Mike in Dallas on August 15, 2012 at 11:38 am


I’m glad you pointed out that Hayes himself is not necessarily an innocent victim in all this. Just how bad this agency has gotten is that now it appears that even the corrupt officials are complaining about the corruption, that’s funny and sad.

By the way they still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the Woosley scandal… who put Woosly in place?

Doug Brown on August 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Jim Hayes was promoted well beyond his abilities and its ludicrious he is filing a law suit. He also has a history of being intolerant of lesbians as evidenced by his ugly speech and actions to several women in HQs who engaged in alternative lifestyles. But thanks to people like his buddy the sleezy JT he suffered no reprisals but was promoted. Last year he showed up in Madrid for an IPR conference which could have benefited a working agent as his only agenda was to go out tapas crawling with Morton who spends all his evenings drinking and pathetically trying to pick up women. The only leader with any remaining ethics and moral compass is Jim Dinkins but he also has succumbed to the tempation of promoting his boys. I used to think they would have to kick me out of legacy Customs, the minute I hit my 25 I was out of ICE.

Out the Door on August 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Poor James Hayes Jr. If memory serves me correctly, sir, you came OUT OF NOWHERE…working at the bottom floor of the old INS HQ building to being selected as the Field Office Director of the Los Angeles Field Office. Correct? What were your qualifications? How many people had you supervised at that point in your career? 10? 6? Yet, Mr. Torres selected you. The score sheet from that interview panel is widely available. Mr. Torres selected you even though you were ranked the 9th out of 9 candidates. Mr. Torres even ranked your knowledge of DRO as the lowest. Yet, you got the job. I guess that wasn’t a hostile work environment for you was it? What about the 8 DRO candidates that were passed over? Was that a hostile work environment for them? After causing nothing but havoc in that office…showing up at 1000 every morning because you were hung over…you were”’selected” for a detail in HQ by Mr. Torres. I think you racked up a record number of EEO complaints in Los Angeles. Great Job Jim. Getting out of Los Angeles just in the nick of time. You were detailed as the Acting Assistant Director for Enforcement for the old DRO program. While there, you orchestrated the demise of a well-seasoned DRO employee and had her removed shortly before the end of her Senior Executive Service probationary period. This employee, by the way, had been enticed to D.C. by none other than Mr. John Torres. After destroying her career, you set your sights on bigger and better things. At this point, I think, Mr. Torres realized that he had made a mistake but, he had created a monster. Your undeserved, meteoric rise continued. You announced your ascension to the Director of the DRO program sometime in October of 2008. Everyone was thrilled. Within 18 months, you had gone from a know-nothing, do-nothing legacy INS Special Agent to FOD of the Los Angeles Field Office to Director of DRO. Wow. What a genius you were. Your short reign over DRO is still known as the worst period in DRO/ERO history. A complete amateur put in place by his friend…John Torres. Hopefully, many of us will be subpoenaed. According to your lawsuit, less qualified people were brought in to replace you as DRO Director because you are a male. Really? When did that happen? The guy that replaced you, James Chaparro, had more qualifications as a boy scout than you will have in your entire lifetime. Hatred? Yes. We are all the hatred that you and Mr. Torres produced. Your troubles have just begun. James Hayes Jr., are you and Mr. Torres even capable of recalling the names of all of the many people you destroyed.?

JimHayesLovesJohnTorres on August 16, 2012 at 12:17 am

Awesome posts summing up what an hypocrisy it is for Hayes to claim he was shunted aside for someone less qualified. All he has done is to dress up a groundless complaint by tying his treatment to what appears to be the accurate claim of inappropriate behavior of the ICE CoS.

Please on August 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

I can’t really say that I have much sympathy for Mr. Hayes for the following reasons:

He seems to have had quite a meteoric rise in the agency from his beginnings as a BPA (probably GS5 or 7) in 1995 to a GS-15 only 10 years later. Having only about 2 or 3 years experience as a criminal investigator street agent in INS he subsequently became Special Agent In Charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York.

Apparently, he began filing EEO complaints in May 2011 when he was not selected for the position of Special Agent In Charge Los Angeles and his lawsuit seems stem from that event.

While the allegations of favoritism and sexual harassment might very well be true, I wonder if any of these allegations are contained in his EEO filings.

Even if they are contained in the 2011 EEO complaint, why did it take so long. The reported events of discrimination and sexual harassment took place in 2009, some 3 years ago. If this GS-15 Manager had really been offended by that activity, why did he not take appropriate action at that time to report and curtail the activity.

I might be a little cynical, but in my opinion Mr. Hayes was probably perfectly fine with things as they were until he didn’t get the position he wanted.

This is of course just my opinion, and you know what the old adage says about opinions. I’m just glad that I retired prior to the formation of the HSI/CBP monstrosity.

Nigel Brooks (my real name) on August 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

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