U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a new acting director, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Saturday.
Ronald D. Vitiello, who was serving as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, began his post Saturday. He will serve as deputy director and acting director of ICE, Nielsen said in a statement.
Vitiello replaces Thomas Homan, who announced in May he would be retiring. Homan has served as acting ICE director since January 30, 2017, when he replaced Daniel Ragsdale in the post. Ragsdale was Trump’s first ICE chief but was dismissed after only 10 days.
The new director, who began his career in Laredo, Texas, has more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement. . . .
ICS’s new leader takes over during a crucial time as the agency is under scrutiny for enforcing President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policies at the southern border, sparking nationwide protests Saturday.