Trump’s deportation chief is out.
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence has announced his departure from the agency.
Albence’s retirement comes after 25 years spent in law enforcement.
As the director, Albence was known for his strong crackdowns on sanctuary cities.
According to Fox News:
“After more than 25 years as a federal law enforcement officer, I am announcing my retirement from federal service,” Albence said in a statement. “This was an exceptionally hard decision to make, a decision prolonged due to the uncertainty of a global pandemic and the essential role ICE continues to play in our nation’s response.”
The Washington Examiner first reported Albence’s retirement, which comes after more than 25 years in law enforcement. Before taking over as acting head, he had served as deputy director and also worked in ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Under Albence, the agency had launched a crackdown on sanctuary cities, accompanied by a campaign to draw awareness to policies that allowed arrested illegal immigrants to be released back into cities rather than deported.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf praised Albence for leading ICE “to record-breaking criminal arrests and seizures in furtherance of ICE’s critical national security and public safety missions, and helped restore integrity to this country’s immigration system.”
Albence spent just over one year in the role of Acting Director of ICE.