New York Times:
By Ron Nixon
January 31, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump appointed Thomas D. Homan late Monday to be the new acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency within the Homeland Security Department that identifies, detains, arrests and deports immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Mr. Homan has been the agency’s executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations, the division that carries out the removals. Another division, Homeland Security Investigations, has hundred of special agents who investigate fraud and other crimes.
The appointment of Mr. Homan could be seen as an indication that the president intends to carry out his campaign pledge to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and put more focus on I.C.E.’s deportation role. An executive order signed by Mr. Trump last week calls for tripling the number of deportation agents.
Mr. Homan replaced Daniel H. Ragsdale, who was the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The move came shortly after Mr. Trump fired Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general who refused to defend his controversial executive order that barred people from some mostly Muslim counties from entering the United States.
John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, praised the appointment of Mr. Homan in a statement, saying, “I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of I.C.E.”
According to a Department of Homeland Security press statement, Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement who has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience. He was a police officer in New York, a United States Border Patrol agent and a special agent with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Mr. Ragsdale, who was appointed deputy director in May 2012, was named acting director this month. He will return to the deputy director position.
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