The president’s nominee to direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas Homan, has announced his upcoming retirement in June.
Homan faced senate opposition in his confirmation, and his resignation comes two weeks after Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding answers regarding immigration policy changes.
Some are speculating that Homan’s retirement is a strategic way for him to avoid the tough questions he would almost assuredly face in a confirmation hearing.
Since he’s already had a year to wreak havoc on the U.S. immigration system as well as on U.S. immigrants themselves, it seems like a pretty smart strategy.
“It has been the honor of my life to lead the men and women of ICE for more than a year. The decision to leave federal service after more than 34 years is bittersweet, but my family has sacrificed a lot in order for me to serve and it’s time for me to focus on them.” – Homan
Apparently, Homan’s plans to retire date back to January of last year, but he agreed to stay on when then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asked him to.
He then went on to serve in the current administration for 15 months, repeatedly defending the president’s crackdowns on immigration, advocating for the prohibition of sanctuary cities and states, as well as telling immigrants that they “should be afraid.”
Homan was just honored with the National Law Enforcement Leader of the Year award by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation on Monday evening.
Under normal circumstances, the chain of command would make Peter Edge ICE’s new director, but it has been reported that he, too, is planning on retiring soon.
According to Politico, the next logical choice would be Matthew Albence, head of Enforcement and Removal Operations.