A shakeup at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has resulted in the departure of acting director Daniel Ragsdale.
The administration didn’t offer any explanation for the move announced late Monday. The move came on the same day that President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for publicly declining to defend Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
ICE executive associate director Thomas Homan has been elevated to the role of acting chief, AP reported.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in announcing the change that Homan had led efforts “to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens.” The statement didn’t make any mention of Ragsdale.
ICE said that Ragsdale is staying on board, according to a tweet.
Contrary to reporting, Daniel Ragsdale has been ICE deputy director for more than four years and remains deputy director.
— ICE (@ICEgov) January 31, 2017
An ICE spokeswoman didn’t offer any further explanation for the move when reached early Tuesday, AP reported.
It came just hours after the country’s acting attorney general, Sally Yates, was fired from her job after she said she won’t enforce President Trump’s controversial immigration order. Trump, in a statement, said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.