Jonathan Fahey resigned as acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the Department of Homeland Security, just weeks after taking office.
His departure from the agency in charge of implementing the country’s immigration laws occurs in the same week that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the department that ICE reports to, also resigned.
It also matches a wave of resignations in the Cabinet and the White House after the assault on the Capitol in Washington DC last week by a mob of supporters of the president, Donald Trump, who incited the unrest.
Fahey’s predecessor, Tony Pham, resigned in December after less than four months at the helm of the agency.
Wolf cited as a reason for leaving office in his resignation letter the recent challenges to his authority as secretary by federal courts, as well as the judicial rulings against the main migration policies of the Administration against asylum and protection for the dreamers.
“I am leaving the position of interim secretary. I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration. Unfortunately, this action is justified by recent events, including ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary, ”Wolf wrote.
In your letter, Wolf made no reference to the riots incited by Trump. However, he publicly condemned the violent events last week.
Fahey and Wolf’s resignation joins those of others in Trump’s Cabinet and the White House. Among them, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (also wife of Mitch McConnell, Republican Speaker of the Senate), First Lady Melania Trump’s press secretary, among others.