January 14, 2021 12:56 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The acting director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), Jonathan Fahey, joined the exodus of officials from the Donald Trump administration, resigning just two weeks after taking office following the resignation of Tony Pham.
Fahey, who gave no explanation for his decision, reported in an email distributed to ICE employees that Wednesday was his last day at the post, local media reported Thursday.
The abrupt departure of Fahey It comes weeks after that of Pham, who had been in charge of ICE since last August.
A spokesman for ICE, an agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told CNN television that Tae Johnson, the agency’s deputy director, is in charge as the country prepares for the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden. as the new president, on January 20.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf this week announced his resignation from the post, which he held for 14 months, and in his resignation cited court litigation questioning the validity of his appointment.
Six without confirmation
ICE has had six directors since Trump came to the White House in January 2017. But none of them have been confirmed by the Senate in the past four years.
Something similar happened with Wolf and his predecessor, Kevin McAleenan.
McAleenan has served on an interim basis since replacing Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019, who left the job due to the separation of children.
After the assault on Congress, the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos also resigned.
ICE has responsibility for a network of detention centers for undocumented migrants and deportations. As well as the repression of human trafficking and the fight against the exploitation of minors. It also regulates money laundering and antique theft.