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Trump names former Obama Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan as new head of ICE

Key Points
  • Morgan served as the head of Border Patrol for the last six months of the Obama administration. He was removed from that post when the Trump administration took office. 
  • He has publicly endorsed Trump's call for a border wall and his decision to declare a national emergency at the border.
  • The announcement comes amid a staff shakeup in the Trump administration as the president seeks to enforce a tougher immigration policy at the southern border. 
President Donald Trump hosts the "National Day of Prayer" Service in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, May 2, 2019.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

President Donald Trump on Sunday named Mark Morgan as the new head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement



The announcement comes amid a staff shakeup in the Trump administration as the president seeks to enforce a tougher immigration policy at the southern border. 

In April, Trump pulled Ronald D. Vitiello as his nominee for ICE chief, saying he wanted the agency to go in a "tougher direction." 

Morgan served as the head of Border Patrol for the last six months of the Obama administration. He was removed from that post when the Trump administration took office. 

Morgan has publicly endorsed Trump's call for a border wall and his decision to declare a national emergency at the border.

"The president had no choice, Congress has failed, they continue to fail," Morgan said in a February interview with CNN. 

The change at ICE is only the latest staff shakeup involving immigration policy. Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down as the secretary of Homeland Security in April amid reports that Trump believed she did not do enough to secure the nation's southern border.

She was replaced by Kevin McAleenan, who previously served as the Customs and Border Protection commissioner.