April 11, 2021 23:37

Acting ICE Director Quits Weeks After Taking Job

Jonathan Fahey is resigning as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement only weeks after assuming the post, reports CNN. Fahey’s departure is the latest in a string of leadership changes at the Department of Homeland Security. Last month, Fahey’s predecessor — Tony Pham — departed. Pham had assumed the post last August. Over the last four years, DHS has had a constant turnover in leadership. This week, Chad Wolf, who served as acting Homeland Security secretary for 14 months, stepped down amid increasing scrutiny over the validity of his appointment.

As a result, just days from a major security event, the department installed Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor as acting secretary. ICE, which is part of DHS, has had six directors under President Donald Trump. The agency never had a Senate confirmed director during the Trump administration. Fahey, a political appointee, previously served as acting principal legal adviser at the agency. It’s unclear what prompted Fahey’s departure. Tae Johnson, the deputy director, will serve as acting director. In the run-up to the presidential election, the agency fielded criticism for singling out sanctuary cities and erected controversial billboards in the key swing state of Pennsylvania about immigration violators.

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