Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent (ICE) Director Matt Albence announced on Friday that he is stepping down from the law enforcement agency after just over a year in the role.
“After more than 25 years as a federal law enforcement officer, I am announcing my retirement from federal service,” Albence said in a statement. “It was an exceptionally tough decision to take, a protracted decision because of the uncertainty of a global pandemic and the essential role that ICE still plays in our nation’s response.”
The Washington examiner first reported Albence’s retirement, which comes after more than 25 years in law enforcement. Prior to becoming an agent, he had served as deputy director and also worked in ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Under Albence, the agency launched a crackdown on sanctuary cities, accompanied by a campaign to raise awareness of policies that allowed arrested illegal immigrants to be released back into cities instead of being deported.
Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf praised Albence for leading the ICE “to record criminal arrests and criminal seizures to lead critical ICE national security and public security missions, and helped restore integrity in the immigration system of this country. “
“I personally want to thank him for his integrity and firm commitment ̵1; a legacy he will leave behind with men and women doing admirable work under the most dangerous and complex of circumstances every day,” he said.