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ICE Head Sorry For Offensive H’ween Costume

From the DNC’s organ, CNN:

Immigration chief apologizes for ‘offensive’ costumes at her party

From Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers

WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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.”

A department photographer photographed Myers with the man, but the images were deleted after the costume were deemed offensive, ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.

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.

“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.

Myers has served as head of ICE since January of 2006 but is still awaiting Senate confirmation…

How utterly ridiculous.

If the DHS doesn’t have anything better to do than to investigate Halloween parties, than they need to be disbanded.

And for starters, maybe they shouldn’t put a twelve year old girl (or the emotional equivalent thereof) in charge of immigration enforcement.

But that is probably asking too much.

(Thanks to Warmonger Infidel for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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