POLITICO reported in May that Albence had angered White House officials when he refused to install a number of political nominees in his agency.
Following the departure of Ronald Vitiello as director of ICE in April 2019, Albence assumed its role until Mark Morgan was appointed to lead the agency. Albence was re-elected to serve as head of ICE when Morgan served the roles of leading Customs and Border Protection.
Albence announced his retirement in a statement issued on Friday morning and said he will work to make a transition from his role in August.
“I am honored and beyond grateful to have served with the most dedicated men and women in law enforcement,” Albence said in a statement. “Every day, against incredible odds, constant politicization, and misperceptions of the incredibly critical and complex mission they perform, ICE employees continue with professionalism and integrity.”;
Albence has worked in immigration law enforcement since 1994, according to him ICE biographical page.