Performing ICE director is resigning, DHS official says

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Acting ICE director is resigning, DHS official says

Video above: School for US asylum seekers thrives on pandemic Jonathan Fahey is stepping down just weeks after taking office as acting director of immigration and customs control, according to a Homeland Security official. Fahey's departure is the last in a series of leadership changes in the Department of Homeland Security, and he is the youngest acting ICE director to step down. Last month, Fahey's predecessor Tony Pham left. Pham took office last August. In the past four years, the DHS has been burdened by a constant turnover in leadership. This week, Chad Wolf, who served as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security for 14 months, resigned as the validity of his appointment came under scrutiny. Wolf told CNN that his decision to leave the post earlier than planned was due in part to the recent court case that challenged his authority to head the department. "When I talked to the lawyers and we talked to the Justice Department and others, there was no, there was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no way to really fight this," he said. As a result, just days after a major security incident, the department installed Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor as acting secretary. IICE – an agency under the DHS – had six directors under President Donald Trump. The agency has never had a Senate-approved director during the Trump administration. Fahey, a Political Officer, previously served as the agency's principal legal advisor, overseeing ICE's legal portfolio. On December 31, he took over the position of deputy head at ICE. It is unclear why Fahey left. An ICE spokesman said Tae Johnson, the deputy director, will serve as the acting director for the time being. In the run-up to the presidential elections, the agency criticized the publication of so-called protected cities and agreed with the controversial representation of billboards in the Key Swing State of Pennsylvania about immigration violators.

Video above: The school for US asylum seekers is living off a pandemic

Jonathan Fahey is stepping down just weeks after taking office as acting director of immigration and customs control, according to a Homeland Security official.

Fahey's departure is the latest in a series of leadership changes in the Department of Homeland Security, and he is the youngest acting ICE director to step down. Last month, Fahey's predecessor Tony Pham left. Pham took up the post last August.

In the past four years, the DHS has been burdened by a constant turnover in leadership. This week, Chad Wolf, who served as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security for 14 months, resigned as the validity of his appointment came under scrutiny.

Wolf told CNN that his decision to leave the post earlier than planned was due in part to the recent court case that challenged his authority to head the department.

"When I talked to the lawyers and we talked to the Justice Department and others, there was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no way we could really fight this," he said.

As a result, just days after a major security incident, the department installed Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor as acting secretary.

ICE – an agency under DHS – had six directors under President Donald Trump. The agency has never had a Senate-approved director during the Trump administration.

Fahey, a policy officer, previously served as the agency's principal legal advisor overseeing ICE's legal portfolio. On December 31, he took over the position of deputy head at ICE. It is unclear why Fahey left. An ICE spokesman said Tae Johnson, the deputy director, will serve as the acting director for the time being.

In the run-up to the presidential elections, the agency criticized the singling out of so-called protected cities and decided to put up controversial billboards about violations of immigration regulations in the most important swing state, Pennsylvania.

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