Thomas D. Homan on Monday was named acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), replacing Daniel Ragsdale, NBC News reported.
The announcement was made in a release from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, but no explanantion for the replacement was given. Ragsdale returned to his previous, full-time position of deputy director.
Since 2013, Homan has been executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience, according to the release.
He led ICE's efforts "to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts," according to the release.