Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Ron Vitiello is expected to resign a week after President Trump pulled his nomination.
Vitiello sent a letter to colleagues announcing his decision to step down telling them he would resign on Friday though he expressed his gratefulness for the opportunity to serve.
President Trump confirmed he pulled Vitiello’s nomination during a press gaggle last week saying he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.”
This comes just days after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced she was also stepping down.
Vitiello has a history of working in law enforcement, and was nominated by President Trump to lead ICE last August.
Ron Vitiello as nominated to lead the federal agency after spending more than 30 years in law enforcement.
The White House suddenly pulled him from consideration. https://t.co/ZfbKJYMpff
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 5, 2019
It remains unclear who will lead the agency next.