Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, USCIS Director, to Resign

Reprinted below is a copy of the March 13, 2008 resignation message from USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez.

To: USCIS Employees

From: USCIS Director Emilio T. González

Date: March 13, 2008

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I have recently informed the White House and Secretary Chertoff of my decision to resign as Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services effective April 18, 2008.

This was an extremely difficult decision for me but one that I had to make. Since 1999, due to my professional commitments and requirements, I have led a part-time family life. The time has now come for me to return to being a full-time husband and father. After taking my family on a well-deserved vacation, I will pursue other opportunities in south Florida.

I am very proud of the many accomplishments achieved by USCIS over the past two years. Those accomplishments are the result of the tireless energy and dedication of our 17,000 government employees and contractors. Together we have taken this agency to new heights. Your commitment to the security of the United States is unparalleled and I am honored to have served as your Director.

I will continue to lead USCIS until my final day in office. In the meantime, I look forward to thanking as many of you as possible for your service, support and friendship.

May God bless you and your families and may God continue to bless the United States of America.


Emilio T. González

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 08031336.