Tae Johnson, Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Tae Johnson

Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

Tae D. Johnson has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Salisbury University in Maryland. He began his government career as an officer in the Immigration and Naturalization Service, later becoming the deputy director. 

Across a period of 28 years, Johnson has been on many immigration frontlines in supervisory and management functions within INS and ICE. 

He was named Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the Homeland Security Department in January 2021. 

In the News…

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has acknowledged providing the public with erroneous data on illegal immigration by underreporting the number of migrants released into the country without any tracking technology.   

More than 18,000 percent had been misreported as having GPS technology tracking. Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson has issued an apology to Congress. In his letter, he wrote, “ICE strongly emphasizes there was no intent to suppress or mislead elected officials, the public, or symposium participants. This mishap was due to an oversight and was promptly corrected once ICE became aware. The data provided to participants at ICE’s ATD symposium on December 1, 2022, were conect [sic], and ICE made corrections to ICE.gov by December 2, 2022. These ATD data are refreshed bi-weekly, except for court appearance data, which are refreshed monthly.” 

The problem was a surge in illegal crossings at the southern border, Acting Director Johnson said. He added that supply chain issues had made it difficult for them to secure the tracking technology. 

“As for data regarding noncitizens released without tracking technology, during the summer of 2022, an increase in U.S. Border Patrol arrests and ATD technology supply chain issues led to ICE releasing noncitizens on the Southwest Border without ATD technology and later reevaluating the case for technology once they reported to ICE. This change led ICE to report data on noncitizens released without ATD technology in addition to those released with technology,” the acting ICE director wrote.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Acting Director Johnson today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Tae Johnson, Acting Director 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
Department of Homeland Security 
2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE 
Washington, DC 20528 


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