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Top Immigration Official Retires amid Lowest ICE Arrests and Deportations



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Tae D. Johnson, the deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is set to retire by the end of June after overseeing record lows in arrests and deportations during his tenure.
  • The agency has seen an increase in arrests and deportations in fiscal year 2022, but they remain the second-lowest recorded, even as encounters at the southern border surge.
  • Johnson’s retirement follows the recent departure announcement of Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, sparking discussions on immigration enforcement policies under the Biden administration.

In a significant development, Tae D. Johnson, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced his retirement set for the end of June. Johnson’s tenure was marked by the lowest number of arrests and deportations in the agency’s history, igniting debates over the effectiveness of immigration policies.

Under Johnson’s stewardship beginning 2021, ICE recorded its lowest-ever administrative arrests and deportations, coinciding with an unprecedented surge in border encounters. Although the 2022 fiscal year saw a moderate increase in these figures, they remain the second lowest on record, indicating a continued trend of diminished enforcement actions.

Johnson’s retirement comes on the heels of Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz’s departure announcement, adding another layer of complexity to the already fraught issue of immigration policy in the U.S. The Biden administration has been criticized for its immigration enforcement strategies, with critics arguing that the policies have resulted in increased illegal border crossings.

As the nation grapples with these significant changes in top immigration enforcement positions, it remains to be seen how these leadership shifts will impact the future direction of U.S. immigration policy.

Clear Thoughts:

As I bid farewell to Tae D. Johnson, the acting director of ICE, who’s stepping down by the end of June, I can’t help but reflect on the impact of his tenure. It’s a dismal record, folks – the lowest number of arrests and deportations in the history of the agency. As a conservative Republican, it’s hard not to feel a pang of disappointment and concern for the future of our country’s immigration enforcement.

In fiscal year 2021, ICE arrests and deportations hit an all-time low, and while 2022 saw a modest increase, they remain the second lowest on record. Now, contrast that with the soaring numbers of border encounters and you begin to see the real picture – a glaring indication of policy failure.

Johnson’s retirement follows closely behind the announcement by Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, leaving the helm of immigration enforcement rudderless. Is it not an indictment of the Biden administration’s lax immigration policies? Policies that seem more concerned with political posturing than the security of our nation.

Johnson was left in an untenable position, and we must recognize that the blame lies not with him, but with the failed policies he was forced to enforce. To think, over 5.5 million illegal aliens encountered at the southern border since the start of this administration. Each one represents a story of human struggle, but also a sobering reflection of our system’s breakdown.


Looking ahead, we need leaders who can not only enforce our existing laws but have the courage to advocate for necessary changes. We owe it to our nation and to those seeking a better life to have a clear, firm, and effective immigration policy. Anything less, my friends, is a dereliction of duty.




  1. Rosie45

    June 20, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    What about the 400,000 male, military age Chinese nationals illegally entering our border? Did the CCP order Biden to admit them? Biden is continuing to destroy our country from within so the CCP can take us over.

  2. CharlieSeattle

    June 21, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Johnson and Biden are traitors!

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