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ICE acting director to retire

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan is retiring, despite being nominated to lead ICE permanently, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler and Alicia Caldwell first reported.

Why it matters: Under Homan's leadership, ICE arrests rose and changed Obama-era policies that prioritized undocumented immigrants with criminal records for arrest. But one person familiar with Homan’s reasoning told the WSJ that "the prospect of a tough, partisan confirmation process persuaded him to leave the agency now."

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