After sacking top lawyer Yates, Trump fires acting Immigration Enforcement head

| Updated: Jan 31, 2017 18:12 IST

Washington D.C.[USA], Jan. 31(ANI): President Trump has appointed Thomas D. Homan as the new acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, replacing Daniel Ragsdale. According to the Washington Post, no reason has been given for his removal as yet. Ragsdale was a holdover from the Obama administration. Earlier today, Trump had fired the federal government's top lawyer, Sally Yates, after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and saying that the Justice Department would not defend his new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. Mark A. Morgan, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, also was removed from his post this month. He had clashed with the powerful Border Patrol Union, which had endorsed Trump for president. Homan, who has 30 years of immigration enforcement experience, had worked since 2013 as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations. He was honored with an award last year for his work deporting illegal immigrants. (ANI)