ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post

ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post
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The acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is resigning just two weeks after taking on the role, an agency official confirmed to The Hill. 

CNN and BuzzFeed News first reported Jonathan Fahey’s resignation Wednesday evening, citing a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official and a source with knowledge of the situation, respectively. 

ICE Press Secretary Jenny Burke confirmed to The Hill that Fahey had stepped down, though the agency did not give a reason behind the resignation. 


Fahey’s departure comes after acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE announced Monday he was stepping down after serving in the role for 14 months and with just over a week left until President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE leaves office. 

In a letter to DHS colleagues that was obtained by The Hill, Wolf cited ongoing litigation challenging the validity of his position as the reason for his sooner-than-planned departure.

Fahey had taken over ICE from Tony Pham, who left last month after assuming the post in August. 

ICE has had six directors under the Trump administration, though the agency has not had a Senate-confirmed director during the past four years. 

The leadership changes at DHS come amid growing concerns about potential security risks surrounding President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE’s inauguration, especially following last week’s deadly pro-Trump raid on the Capitol in opposition to Congress’s official count of Biden’s Electoral College win. 

News of Wolf’s resignation came roughly an hour after he announced that the Secret Service would begin implementing security measures tied to the inauguration on Wednesday, six days earlier than planned. The FBI is said to have warned of the potential for armed protests across the country beginning this weekend.

Other members of Trump’s administration have also resigned in the past week after the Capitol riot, including Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump MORE. Both cited the violence at the Capitol as the reason behind their departures.