Top federal immigration official resigns
June 17th, 2013
12:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Top federal immigration official resigns

(CNN) - John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will leave his post at the end of July to take a position at a private company, ICE's office of public affairs said Monday.

Appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009, he is the third and longest serving director in the agency's history, according to ICE.

In a note to employees, Morton thanked them for their hard work. The agency removed more than 400,000 individuals last year.

In February, ICE came under fire for releasing several hundred detainees to "less costly" forms of supervision in February ahead of pending budget cuts.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Watch republicans use this as an excuse to stall on immigration reform. I for one don't care if republicans block immigration reform. All that will lead to is lost elections for the next few decades.

    June 17, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. just sayin

    so how many did they catch and release instead of deport??? can they publish those numbers too?

    June 17, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |