ICE chief to depart from agency

Immigration
Matt Albence

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence speaks in the Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(CNN) — The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be leaving the agency.

Matt Albence has led ICE since last summer. He took over after his predecessor, Mark Morgan moved to ICE’s sister agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Albence said in a statement Friday he is retiring from the agency adding that it was “an exceptionally hard decision.”

He said over the next month, he will work alongside Homeland Security and ICE leadership to ensure a smooth transition.

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