ICE Halloween Party: Trick, Treat, or Cover-up?   [open pdf - 1MB]

"On November 4, 2007, the Committee on Homeland Security received an anonymous facsimile transmission (fax) from a sender who identified himself as an employee of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The fax expressed concern over a Halloween party held on October 31, 2007 at ICE Headquarters. As described in the fax, during the party, an ICE employee wore 'what appeared to be a prison fatigue with dreadlocks on his head and blackened face makeup.' After receiving the email, Committee staff examined the facts and circumstances surrounding the event; the allegations raised in the fax; and the response of both ICE and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership. On November 8, 2007, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson met with Assistant Secretary Myers to ascertain whether: (1) a Halloween costume party had occurred at ICE Headquarters; (2) Assistant Secretary Myers had been one of the judges at the party; (3) an employee who wore a costume composed of a prison uniform, dreadlocks and skin-darkening make-up had been awarded a prize for 'most original costume' by Assistant Secretary Myers and other ICE officials. Assistant Secretary Myers confirmed each of the above allegations and apologized for her 'bad judgment'. However, she failed to be forthcoming concerning the existence of photographs memorializing the party or the role she played in ordering the destruction of photographic records. This examination indicates that Assistant Secretary Myers directed the destruction of photographs of the Halloween party, enlisted other DHS employees to destroy photographs and ordered the sanctioning and relocation of an employee in a coordinated effort to conceal the circumstances surrounding the party."

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