Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who President Trump picked to permanently lead the agency, reportedly plans to retire in June after spending the last 15 months serving as the most controversial deportation chief in agency’s history.
Three sources familiar with Homan’s plans told The Wall Street Journal that he will announce his retirement on Monday.
The president had tapped Homan to permanently lead the agency in November, but his nomination has been stalled in the Senate.
“It has been the honor of my life to lead the men and women of ICE for more than a year,” Homan said in a statement. “The decision to leave federal service after more than 34 years is bittersweet, but my family has sacrificed a lot in order for me to serve and it’s time for me to focus on them. I am humbled and inspired by the 20,000 American patriots who serve this agency and protect our nation, increasingly in the face of unfair and false criticism from politicians and the media.”
ICE arrests have risen sharply under Homan’s leadership. The Journal notes that the proportion of people arrested who didn’t have criminal convictions on their records also increased.
The Journal adds:
One person familiar with Mr. Homan’s reasoning said the prospect of a tough, partisan confirmation process persuaded him to leave the agency now. Another person said family considerations played a prominent role.
“He was already set to retire once. That was something they planned as a family and they put that on hold,” a senior ICE official said Monday.