Who Is Thomas Homan? Donald Trump Chose A New Immigration & Customs Enforcement Director
On Monday night, on top of firing and replacing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Donald Trump appointed Thomas Homan as acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director. Shortly after firing Yates after she told the Department of Justice to not defend Trump's temporary immigration ban, Trump also dismissed acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Daniel Ragsdale, whom Holman is replacing. However, the Department of Homeland Security's official statement from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly does not mention Ragsdale's name, nor does it give a reason for the replacement. Update: According to The Washington Post, Ragsdale will return to his position as ICE's deputy director, which he has held since May 2012.
Instead, the statement reads: "Today, the president appointed Mr. Thomas D. Homan acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)." After outlining Homan's career with no further explanation, it ends with these words:
According to the statement, Homan has been involved in law enforcement and immigration enforcement for more than three decades — in fact, he's worked with ICE since its creation in March 2003. Before that, he held various positions as a New York City police, U.S. border patrol agent, and San Antonio, Texas' assistant district director for investigations, among others.
In 2015, as Executive Associate Director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Homan was given the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service. In response to the award, Homan said:
After receiving the award, The Washington Post published a profile on Homan, describing him as being "really good" at deporting people. Speaking about deportations during an interview with the Post, Homan admitted, "Yes, it's not my favorite part of the job." Surely, Trump will be relying on him to deport many more people throughout the course of his presidency.