This is the second acting head to be replaced by President Trump. There’s no explanation for this move, and Ragsdale wasn’t asked to leave.
(As reported by the: Independent Journal Review)
President Donald Trump replaced his acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Daniel Ragsdale on Monday.
Trump appointed Thomas D. Homan to serve in his place, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced in a statement:
Since 2013, Mr. Homan has served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this capacity, he 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.
Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience. He has served as a police officer in New York; a U.S. Border Patrol agent; a special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; as well as supervisory special agent and deputy assistant director for investigations at ICE. In 1999, Mr. Homan became the assistant district director for investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas.
I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE. I look forward to working alongside him to ensure that we enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States consistent with the national interest.
However, The Washington Post’s Mark Berman reported that Ragsdale will still serve as deputy director of ICE, his previous role, after being removed from his role as acting director.
DHS says Ragsdale, the acting director, was not fired, will remain deputy director of ICE after serving as acting director (2/2)
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 31, 2017
Secretary Kelly’s statement does not give any reasons for Ragsdale’s replacement, nor does it even mention him by name.
It’s unclear if the replacement was routine or caused by other unknown factors.
However, Ragsdale is the second top official serving in an “acting” capacity to be replaced by Trump on Monday. The president also relieved acting Attorney General Sally Yates of duty after she openly defied his immigration executive order by telling DOJ attorneys not to defend the controversial order.