DHS Official Retires After Immigrants are Freed 2/28/13
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland
Security Department official in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement
and removal operations has announced his retirement after hundreds of illegal
immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told co-workers he was
leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is
the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.
Mead had told co-workers of his retirement in the email sent Tuesday, hours
after U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred illegal immigrants facing
deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.
President Barack Obama's spokesman said Wednesday the White House wasn't
consulted but described the immigrants as "low-risk, non-criminal detainees."