John Sandweg to resign as ICE head?

John SandwegThe controversial appointment of John Sandweg as head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to come to an end with his resignation this week.

Sandweg, a former Arizona criminal defense attorney, was named to the role in August last year after the resignation of former ICE director John Morton, with questions immediately raised about this suitability for the role.

Republican congressman John Carter, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of which ICE is a division, opposed the appointment. He wrote shortly after it was announced last August that Sandweg was "in no way qualified to lead our Nation's second largest federal law enforcement agency."

It was suggested that Sandweg lacked experience of law enforcement and owed his appointment more to his political alliance with former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has since been succeeded by Jeh Johnson.

A Fox News report suggests Sandweg has already informed co-workers of his departure and plans to tender his resignation officially on Friday.

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