Second Administration Firing of the Day



Homeland Secretary John Kelly


Jan 3o, 2017 (WASHINGTON) We have now learned of a second firing, The Administration has also dismissed the acting Customs Enforcement Director Daniel Ragsdale, was acting director. Thomas Homan has been appointed as acting director. According to his official bio, here are his details:

Daniel H. Ragsdale is the acting Director for the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security.  He was appointed Deputy Director in May 2012 and became acting Director on January 20, 2017.

In his capacity as acting Director, Mr. Ragsdale advances ICE’s mission to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

Prior to his tenure as Deputy Director, Mr. Ragsdale served as the Executive Associate Director for Management and Administration.  As ICE’s chief management officer, he was responsible for assisting ICE’s Director and Deputy Director in the effective and efficient management of the business operations of the agency.

Mr. Ragsdale joined the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s General Counsel’s Office in 1996 and served as an attorney in New York, N.Y., as well as Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.  He also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.  Mr. Ragsdale joined ICE’s headquarters legal team in 2006 as chief of the Enforcement Law Division where he was responsible for providing legal advice to ICE’s law enforcement programs. In 2008, he moved to the Office of the Director as a counselor to the ICE Director.

He received an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  Mr. Ragsdale is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.  He is also a member of the Senior Executive Service.


However the statement from DHS is not even mentioning Ragdale.

This is already been called a Monday Night Massacre, which is a reference to the Saturday Night Massacre in the midst of the Watergate crisis. This is already starting to look like a real crisis for the administration and we are on week one.

We are posting the full statement of Homeland Secretary John Kelly in full:

Statement from Secretary Kelly on the President’s Appointment of Thomas D. Homan as Acting ICE Director

Release Date:
January 30, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, the president appointed Mr. Thomas D. Homan acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Since 2013, Mr. Homan has served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this capacity, 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.

Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience. He has served as a police officer in New York; a U.S. Border Patrol agent; a special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; as well as supervisory special agent and deputy assistant director for investigations at ICE. In 1999, Mr. Homan became the assistant district director for investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas.

Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named as the assistant agent in charge in Dallas. In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of assistant director for enforcement within ERO at ICE headquarters and was subsequently promoted to deputy executive associate director of ERO.

Mr. Homan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received the Presidential Rank Award in 2015 for his exemplary leadership and extensive accomplishments in the area of immigration enforcement.

I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE. I look forward to working alongside him to ensure that we enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States consistent with the national interest.

Edited to correct an error in our part.


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