President Donald Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday with another director from within the organization.
Trump replaced Daniel Ragsdale as acting director with Thomas Homan, ICE’s executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations since 2013. Ragsdale will return to his position at deputy director, the Department of Homeland Security said on its Twitter page.
A statement from the Department of Homeland Security said Homan “led ICE’s efforts to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.”
The shake-up came the same night that Trump fired the acting U.S. attorney general, Sally Yates, after she wrote that she would refuse to enforce his immigration executive order in court. The White House said in an angry statement that Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to enforce the order.