An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee admitted to authorities this week that she spent much of her on-the-clock time in 2016 posting messages in support of Hillary Clinton. The Office of Special Counsel Henry Kerner confirmed Wednesday that the employee, who has not been named, posted more than 100 messages on social media urging voters to come out and pull the level for Clinton while she was supposed to be working. She agreed to resign and accept a disbarment of 5 years for violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political duties while on the job.
Kerner said that watchdog groups approached the employee and warned her to stop, but she continued to engage in the political behavior.
“When a federal employee emphatically and repeatedly engages in political behavior while on duty or in the workplace, OSC takes that very seriously,” Kerner said. “This employee thumbed her nose at the law and engaged in vocal partisan politics both with her colleagues and on social media.”
Well, to be fair, she probably saw what was going on over at the FBI and figured it was fine. Maybe she was part of Peter Strzok’s texting circle.
“Considering her knowledge of the Hatch Act and continuing disregard for the law, this employee’s resignation and debarment from federal service are proportionate disciplinary actions,” Kerner said. “This case serves as an important reminder that federal employees must be mindful of the Hatch Act’s prohibitions, especially given the upcoming midterm elections.”
Kerner’s office has been busy lately. Just a few weeks ago, the Office of the Special Counsel sent a recommendation for discipline against an immigration judge named Carmene DePaolo.
DePaolo used her platform at a 2016 deportation hearing to lament the fact that it was a “pretty harsh thing” to ban an illegal immigrant from reentering the U.S. for ten years and that Hillary Clinton would change that if she were to be elected president. “If the Senate becomes a Democratic body, there’s some hope that they can actually pass immigration legislation,” she said from the bench.
The only thing Republicans would do, she said, was “try to deport everybody.”
Anyway, this gives you some insight into the types of employees the Obama administration was hiring to carry out immigration law, which in turn gives you a pretty good idea of why we’re in the mess we’re in now.