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 WolfLawmakers slam DHS watchdog following report calling for 'multi-year transformation' Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave 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 TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC 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 BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics 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 ChaoThe FCC's decision to reallocate the safety band spectrum will impede efforts to save lives Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosErik Prince involved in push for experimental COVID-19 vaccine: report Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies DeVos ordered to testify in student loan forgiveness lawsuit MORE. Both cited the violence at the Capitol as the reason behind their departures.