On Tuesday, Gary Mead, executive associate director over enforcement and removal operations with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced in an email to staffers that he was leaving the agency in April.
Mead's announcement came only hours after the Obama administration announced that it had begun releasing hundreds of criminal aliens in local jails and detention centers, with thousands more to follow.
The Associated Press obtained the Mead's email and reported him as saying, his departure came "with mixed emotions."
Not surprisingly, ICE has denied any connection between Mead's decision to leave and the recent release of foreign criminals onto our streets.
In fact, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen claimed that the agency had been made aware of Mead's decision to retire months ago.
However, that scenario seems highly unlikely, as Mead's staff was only told of the decision via email on Tuesday afternoon.
Apparently, Mead did not elaborate as to why he was leaving and he is not talking to reporters at this time.
Mead served with the U.S. Marshals Service from 1974-2006. He worked for ICE under both President's Bush and Obama.
The illegal aliens being released into our communities have either been charged or convicted of a crime (such as burglary, assault, theft, identity theft, fraud, etc.), have been ordered deported by a judge, are fugitives either in their own country or in the U.S., and many have been identified as violent gang members.