John R. Sandweg previously served as the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as the Acting General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
As the Acting Director, Mr. Sandweg led approximately 20,000 employees in every state and 47 countries in the agency's mission to enhance public safety and border security through the enforcement of federal border control, customs, trade and immigration laws. While at ICE, Mr. Sandweg prioritized ICE’s intellectual property enforcement and cybersecurity efforts and worked to improve statistical transparency regarding immigration enforcement.
As the Acting General Counsel, Mr. Sandweg served as the chief legal officer for the Department, advising the Secretary and the Department’s senior leadership on all significant legal, policy, and operational issues and overseeing more than 1,800 lawyers in the Department’s headquarters and operating components. Mr. Sandweg played an instrumental role in Departmental policies, programs, and legislative efforts, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, pre-clearance operations, customs compliance and export controls, cybersecurity, and the SAFETY Act.
Prior to his service as Acting General Counsel, Mr. Sandweg served as Counselor at the Department of Homeland Security where he provided strategic advice and counsel on operational and policy direction and was a principal architect of the Department’s immigration, border security, and law enforcement policy. Mr. Sandweg is a recognized expert, frequently quoted in the New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and many other publications.
Prior to his service at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Sandweg was an attorney in private practice.