Press Release


McCaul Statement on ICE Director Morton Resignation

Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the announcement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton will be stepping down.

Chairman McCaul: "Director Morton's departure marks an opportunity for the President to commit to the full enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. As Congress debates changes to our immigration system, it is essential that the President appoints someone qualified and committed to interior enforcement, so Americans can trust that the laws passed by Congress are carried out.

"The President should move quickly to fill this vacancy in addition to numerous other unfulfilled high-level positions. Many of DHS's most important posts remain empty, including Inspector General, which has been vacant for over two years, and Customs and Border Protection, which has not had a confirmed commissioner in over four years. Without leadership, DHS operations, accountability and morale will continue to suffer, and the many dedicated individuals within the Department deserve better from this Administration."