On Sunday, President Donal Trump announced former Obama-era border chief Mark Morgan will serve as lead for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the southern border crisis continues to grow with migrants overwhelming the ports. The former acting ICE lead, Ron Vitiello, was replaced as President Trump expressed he wanted to go in a tougher direction.
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
Morgan, a former FBI agent, has supported President Trump’s stance on building the wall and sending more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said that Morgan was an excellent choice. In a statement, McAleenan said that Morgan’s “record of service is needed to address the crisis at the border and support the men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
In March, Morgan wrote an op-ed supporting President Trump’s national emergency declaration:
“It’s time to stop listening to those driven by a personal political ideology and arm yourself with facts, thorough analysis, and the perspective of credible experts. It’s an emergency.”
In April, Trump took notice of Morgan by acknowledging that Morgan supported his strong stance on border security and fixing a broken immigration system. Less than a week ago, Morgan told Fox News that the border crisis has been getting worse. He said, “There is an influx in family units and unaccompanied minors.”
Morgan will have expansive duties in the new ICE role. ICE’s main responsibility is to arrest immigrants entering the U.S. illegally and enforce immigration laws.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.