President Trump’s acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, resigned after Trump abruptly pulled his nomination to lead the agency permanently.
Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was pulled last week by Trump, who said he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction.
According to a letter sent to ICE employees Wednesday, Vitiello will officially leave his post on Friday, reports CNN.
“I am writing to let you know that Friday, April 12, 2019, will be my last day as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I would also like to express my deep thanks and gratitude for the opportunity to serve with our incredible workforce,” he wrote to employees in the letter, which was obtained by CNN.
The resignation comes amid an agency-wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who announced her own resignation from her post on Sunday, praised his “knowledge and expertise as a seasoned law enforcement professional.”
Nielsen said in a statement announcing Vitiello’s resignation that he “has left a legacy of excellence as our Department has expanded and refined our efforts to curb illegal immigration and secure our borders.”