The Acting Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Lori Scialabba has come with an announcement that she will be retiring from the federal government at the end of March. The USCIS is under the Department of Homeland Security.
Scialabba was a leftover of the Obama’s administration. She made headlines last month when she openly defied Trump’s travel ban by instructing her colleagues to continue processing documents for refugees from the banned countries.
A report from Breitbart shows the letter Sciallabba sent to her colleagues on Tuesday.
The letter READ:
After almost 33 years of public service, I will be retiring from the federal government at the end of March. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with USCIS for over 10 years, first as the associate director of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, and then serving as your deputy director for nearly six years. While the decision to leave USCIS was difficult, the opportunity presented was right for me. I have accepted a position in the private sector and look forward to the new challenge.
I come from a strong public service background and I’ve been lucky to work in agencies with a meaningful mission. The work USCIS performs is of greatimportance, and has been an extraordinary part of my life. My entire career has been dedicated to the fascinating and complicated subject of immigration law, policy, and operations and I have enjoyed the challenge and reward of serving in the federal government.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all of you. During my time at USCIS, I have remained impressed by the quality and dedication of the workforce. You work tirelessly to fulfill our mission in a professional, compassionate manner while ensuring the integrity of the immigration system and the security of our nation. I am very proud of everything you have accomplished and very proud to have been the deputy director of USCIS.
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security stated that the letter is not a resignation letter.
“I CAN CONFIRM THE TEXT YOU SENT [ABOVE] IS NOT A RESIGNATION LETTER – IT IS FROM AN ALL-USCIS EMAIL DATED MARCH 7 FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR WHICH INFORMED AGENCY EMPLOYEES OF HER DECISION TO RETIRE FROM FEDERAL SERVICE AT THE END OF MARCH AFTER ALMOST 33 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.”
Another source within the Department of Homeland Security added that.
“I WOULD BET THAT SCIALABBA WILL BE JOINING A LAW TEAM THAT WILL BE FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST TRUMP.”
Was she fired or did she submit her retirement? What do you think of this?