Hardliner Matthew Albence Tapped to Lead ICE Amid Shakeup

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The Trump administration has tapped Matthew Albence to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the wake of the sudden resignation of its former leader, BuzzFeed News reports.

Albence testified before Congress in September, 2018. Photo courtesy C-Span

Albence, a career official and former ally of former ICE acting director Thomas Homan, has risen quickly under the administration and is seen as an official with the type of hardline approach that President Donald Trump may appreciate. It’s unclear how long Albence, previously the agency’s acting deputy director, will remain in the leadership role.

The shakeup at ICE comes during a particularly tumultuous period as the Trump administration makes several other changes at the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump told reporters last week that he pulled acting director Ron Vitiello’s nomination to lead ICE because he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction. Vitiello informed ICE employees that he will leave the role and resign Friday.

Albence has been quoted as comparing immigration detention facilities to “summer camps,” Huffpost reports.

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