Citing Agency Officials’ Actions After Party, Panel Asks for Probes – Washington Post

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Citing Agency Officials’ Actions After Party, Panel Asks for Probes – Washington Post
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 10, 2008; Page A21

A House panel is calling for independent investigations of whether senior U.S. immigration enforcement officials violated federal laws after they honored a white agency employee dressed as an escaped black prisoner at an office Halloween party.

How Myers couldn’t tell this man was wearing make-up is strange, but maybe she was drunk.

Myers apologized to ICE workers in an e-mail Nov. 2. She said she learned only the day after the party that the man was wearing makeup, but acknowledged the costume could convey disrespect toward immigrants whom ICE detains. The agency runs a 32,000-bed detention system.

Apparently it was known that he was dressing up as a detainee. Not only is this a sick joke, but it just goes to show how little some ICE employees care about the people they affect every day.

The worker, whom officials have declined to identify citing his “personal privacy,” wore dreadlocks and dark makeup and described himself as a detainee from ICE’s facility in Miami, the report said.

“I’m a Jamaican detainee from Krome — obviously, I’ve escaped,” he told the judges, who responded with laughter, the report stated.

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