“As I talked with the attorneys, and we’ve talked with the Department of Justice and others, there was no, there was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no avenue to really fight this,” he said.
As a result, just days from a major security event, the department installed Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor to serve as acting secretary.
ICE — an agency under DHS — has had six directors under President Donald Trump. The agency has never had a Senate confirmed director during the Trump administration.
Fahey, a political appointee, previously served as acting principal legal adviser at the agency, overseeing ICE’s legal portfolio. He took over the acting chief post at ICE on December 31. It’s unclear what prompted Fahey’s departure or who his successor will be.
This story has been updated with additional information.