President Donald Trump recently selected Mark Morgan to be the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Morgan is a former FBI agent and veteran of the Obama administration.
In a tweet, the President wrote, "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."
Morgan was chief of Border Patrol during the last few months of the Obama administration. Since then, he has become a vocal supporter of Trump’s immigration policies. He has publicly supported the President’s demands for a border wall, including his decision to declare a national emergency to secure funding for it.
Morgan has also said he is in favor of sending migrants caught crossing the border to sanctuary cities. In an interview with Fox News, Morgan said, “I've been there. The Border Patrol, ICE, their facilities are overwhelmed, the faith-based organizations and other nongovernmental organizations are overwhelmed. 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?"
Although the President has selected Morgan to head ICE, he still needs to be confirmed by the Senate. The nomination comes after several top immigration officials recently left the administration, including the former Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen.
Speaking to NPR, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, said the following about the President’s decision to select Morgan:
"Mark Morgan is a career civil servant that has served his country for decades in the United States Marine Corps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Border Patrol. His record of service is needed to address the crisis at the border and support the men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The depth of his experience will be an asset to the Department and I look forward to working with him."