President Donald Trump is tapping a former border patrol chief who served in the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Trump tweeted Sunday that Mark Morgan “will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE.” He added: “Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!”
I am pleased to inform all of those that believe in a strong, fair and sound Immigration Policy that Mark Morgan will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE. Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
The announcement comes amid a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security triggered by the president’s frustration with the increasing number of migrants at the border. Trump withdrew his previous nominee last month.
Morgan served as head of the Border Patrol during the last six months of the Obama administration before being removed from the position when Trump took office. Since then, Morgan has publicly supported Trump’s calls for a border wall.
Fox News reported:
Speaking on “America’s Newsroom” last week, Morgan said that Congress has “shown again and again their failure to do what’s right” to fix the problem.
“They want to eat the elephant in one bite instead of looking at what they need to do right now,” he said.
Morgan said what Congress should be doing is fixing the so-called Flores Settlement, which prevents migrant families and children caught crossing the border illegally from being detained for more than 20 days.
Morgan also said during a previous interview on Fox News that he supports an idea floated by President Trump to send immigrants from the border to sanctuary cities.
“Border Patrol, ICE, their facilities are overwhelmed, the faith-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations are overwhelmed,” Morgan said. “They have no choice. They’re going to have to start pushing these individuals out. Shouldn’t we kind of share the burden throughout the country?”
Morgan will likely serve as a strict implementer of Trump’s policy agenda, as he has repeatedly called the situation at the southern border a crisis and has slammed Democrats for their opposition to the border wall.
This article was edited by TheBL