WASHINGTON — The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving his post Friday, according to an agency spokesperson, the latest departure in a reshuffling of the Department of Homeland Security.
President Donald Trump had nominated the acting director, Ron Vitiello, to become the permanent head of ICE, but pulled his nomination last week.
A DHS official said the agency received an email Wednesday with the news that Vitiello would be leaving ICE.
Trump announced his decision to rescind Vitiello’s nomination last Friday, saying he preferred a nominee who would take the critical immigration agency “in a tougher direction.”
“We’re going in a little different direction. Ron is a good man, but we’re going in a tougher direction,” Trump told reporters before a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, when asked about reports that Vitiello’s nomination to lead ICE had been withdrawn.