DHS Kelly on New Dep Secretary Nominee & Acting ICE Dir (Video)

Secretary John Kelly on President Trump’s Intent to Nominate Elaine C. Duke as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

Today, the president announced his intent to nominate Ms. Elaine C. Duke as deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

I could not be more pleased by the president’s announcement. Elaine is a true public servant. Her unparalleled knowledge of the Department coupled with the overwhelmingly positive response I receive from everyone who hears her name prove she is the right person for the job.

I look forward to working with her to fulfill the Department’s critical mission of protecting the homeland.

Ms. Duke has had a nearly 30-year career with the federal government, most recently as the Department of Homeland Security’s undersecretary for management – a position she held until April 1, 2010. As the undersecretary, she was responsible for managing the Department’s business lines and corresponding $47 billion budget.

(Hear from Ms. Duke directly, courtesy of Government Technology & Services Coalition and YouTube, Mar 12, 2016)

Prior to her appointment, she served as the Department’s deputy undersecretary for management and she was the Department’s chief procurement officer, leading DHS’ $17 billion acquisition program.

Elaine Duke (Image Credit: C-SPAN)
Elaine Duke (Image Credit: C-SPAN)

She also served as deputy assistant administrator for acquisition at TSA, delivering an acquisition program that met the post 9/11 legislative mandate to federalize passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports.

Prior to her service at DHS, Ms. Duke held various positions with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ms. Duke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Business Administration.

During her service with the federal government, Ms. Duke received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the DHS Secretary’s Medal, the Transportation Security Administration’s Silver Medal for Customer Service, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Medal.

She most recently served as a principal at Elaine Duke & Associates LLC, an acquisition and business consulting firm based outside Washington.

Secretary Kelly on the President’s Appointment of Thomas D. Homan as Acting ICE Director

Today, the president appointed Mr. Thomas D. Homan acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Thomas D. Homan
Thomas D. Homan

Since 2013, Mr. Homan has served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

In this capacity, he led ICE’s efforts to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.

Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience.

He has served as a police officer in New York; a U.S. Border Patrol agent; a special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; as well as supervisory special agent and deputy assistant director for investigations at ICE.


(May 20, 2016 – Mr. Thomas Homan is the Executive Associate Director, Enforcement And Removal Operations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Courtesy of Senator Sessions and YouTube) 

In 1999, Mr. Homan became the assistant district director for investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas.

Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named as the assistant agent in charge in Dallas.

Thomas D. Homan
Thomas D. Homan

In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of assistant director for enforcement within ERO at ICE headquarters and was subsequently promoted to deputy executive associate director of ERO.

Mr. Homan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received the Presidential Rank Award in 2015 for his exemplary leadership and extensive accomplishments in the area of immigration enforcement.

I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE. I look forward to working alongside him to ensure that we enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States consistent with the national interest.

(Statement Date 1.30.17)

DHS Statement: Gen. John Kelly
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