Feb 28, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
ICE statement calls AP report “inaccurate and misleading.” Says that Mead told ICE leadership “several weeks ago” he planned to retire.
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) February 27, 2013
Excerpted from Mediaite: According to a breaking report from the Associated Press, an official with Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) has resigned as questions about the government’s decision to release imprisoned illegal immigrants due to pending budget cuts continue to mount. In an email obtained by the AP, Gary Mead, the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE, informed his coworkers that he will leave his post in April. A spokesperson for ICE, however, says that Mead has been scheduled to retire for many months after his 40 years of service.
A spokesperson for ICE told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Meade was not resigning but retiring. He “announced several weeks ago to ICE senior leadership that he planned to retire after 40 years,” Acosta wrote on his Twitter account. ABC News producer Jordan Fabian quotes the ICE official attacking the AP for their “inaccurate and misleading” report.
UPDATE: AP has revised their original story and acknowledged that Mead’s intention to retire was not influenced by ICE’s move to release some undocumented immigrant prisoners.