The ICE Director Quits Over Discrimination Claims


WASHINGTON — A arch official at the Department of Homeland Security accommodated on Saturday afterwards accusations that she had created a sexualized appointment ability that was adverse to men. The official, Suzanne Barr, is a longtime abettor to the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, and had been on leave from her position as arch of agents to the administrator of Clearing and Customs Enforcement because of the allegations.

 In a letter to the ICE director, John Morton, that was acquired by The New York Times, Ms. Barr denied
the accusations as “unfounded and after any merit,” but said she had absitively to move on.

“In contempo weeks, I accept been the focus of unfounded allegations advised to abort my reputation, but of greater concern, however, is the blackmail these allegations represent to the acceptability of this bureau and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE’s mission,” she wrote. “As such, I feel it is bounden aloft me to booty every footfall all-important to anticipate added abuse to the bureau and to anticipate this from added confusing from our analytical work. Therefore, it is with abundant affliction that I abide my abandonment as arch of agents for Clearing and Customs Enforcement.”

The accusations adjoin Ms. Barr came to ablaze as allotment of a bigotry accusation filed by James T. Hayes Jr., a top federal clearing official in New York, adjoin Ms. Napolitano, alienated that he had been pushed out of a arch administration position to accomplish allowance for a less-qualified woman and again was retaliated adjoin back he threatened to sue. The accusation additionally accused Ms. Barr of creating “a frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to abase and alarm macho employees.”

The abandonment — amidst a three-day anniversary weekend sandwiched amid the Republican and Democratic civic conventions — came at a time back the accessible was acceptable advantageous little absorption to contest in Washington. But Representative Peter T. King of New York, the Republican administrator of the House Homeland Security Committee, appear a account in which he vowed to abide to analyze the amount back Congress allotment from its August break.

“The abandonment of Suzanne Barr raises the best austere questions about administration practices and cadre behavior at the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr. King said, abacus that the lath would analysis “all the facts apropos this case and D.H.S. cadre practices beyond the board.”

Brian Hale, an ICE spokesman, accepted the resignation. 

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