President Trump on Monday appointed Thomas D. Homan, the executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERI), to acting director of ICE.
“I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE. I look forward to working alongside him to ensure that we enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States consistent with the national interest,” Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly said in a statement released late Monday.
Homan will replace Daniel Ragsdale, who is expected to be demoted but kept on as deputy director of ICE, the main interior enforcer of immigration policies. Ragdale has worked in ICE since 2012, but only served as acting director for 10 days since Trump’s inauguration.
Ragsdale’s replacement will promote homeland security and public safety through criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws regarding border control, customs, trade and immigration.
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Homan has moved up to top ICE official after more than three decades of law enforcement work and three decades in immigration enforcement. Homan has worked as a Border Patrol agent, special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and New York police officer, among other jobs.
The White House announced the unusual move in a scathing statement, calling Yates “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.” Yates was appointed deputy attorney general by former President Barack Obama last January.
“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the statement read.
“Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons,” read the White House statement.
Earlier on Monday, Yates had instructed the Justice Department not to defend the executive order, which halts refugee and asylum programs from seven majority-Muslim countries.
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