Matthew Albence, director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been stepping down from office after just over a year.
The Department of Homeland Security (SSD), which houses ICE, made Albence’s retirement plans public on Friday after his Washington examiner first announced his resignation.
Albence is a longtime career officer who has served in the U.S. government for nearly three decades. According to the examiner, he plans to leave the post until Labor Day.
The stated mission of the agency is to protect the United States from cross-border crime and illegal immigration. President TrumpDonald John Trump’s campaign cancels ad revisions to review messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to respond if it receives information from Ukrainian lawmaker who was supposed to undermine Biden poll: Gen Z voter diversity says he sees more Trump political ads than Biden. immigration immigration has become a major focus of its administration and presidential campaigns.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad WolfChad WolfDHS has compiled intelligence reports for reporters who report protests in Portland: D. Brief: The Feds will not leave Portland until the governor has destroyed the protesters. Oregon Governor Says Some Federal Officials Leave Portland MORE Albence thanked Albence for his service in a statement released on Friday.
“As a senior U.S. immigration and customs executive, he has successfully led ICE to record criminal arrests and detentions to promote ICE’s critical national security and public security missions, and has helped restore the integrity of the country’s immigration system,” Wolf said. said.
“He was a tireless advocate of more than 21,000 dedicated ICE professionals and a critical member of the SSD management team,” he continued.
Albence repeatedly led ICE when DHS’s leadership changed in 2019, following the resignation of President Trump’s Second Secretary of Homeland Security. Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump’s fight against city leaders escalates neo-Nazi guilt over ‘swallowed’ black church, cabinet official, journalists Saliva law case: freedom and political shooting MORE. Albence was elected to lead ICE in 2019. April After the White House suddenly elected Ron Vitiello, then head of the agency. Trump then told reporters that he wanted to go “harder.”
Mark Morgan later became director of ICE for a short time, but Albence held this position in 2019. In June, when Morgan took over command of the Customs and Border Protection Department, where he continues to hold office.
During his tenure, Albence reiterated Mr Trump’s stern rhetoric on immigration. He sharply criticized the “sanctuary cities” and caused controversy in 2018 when he compared immigrant family detention centers to a summer camp.