President Donald Trump on Sunday announced Mark Morgan as his choice to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!”
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Morgan served as chief of the Border Patrol in the final months of the Obama administration. He left the post in late January 2017, one day after Trump signed an executive order calling for the construction of a wall across the U.S. southern border. Morgan told senior Border Patrol agents at the time that he had been forced out by officials in the new administration.
When Morgan took office in October 2016, he became the first outsider to assume Border Patrol’s top job in the agency’s 92-year history.
Morgan, who spent two decades in the FBI, was viewed as a reformer who would help fight corruption within the agency. However, he clashed with a union for Border Patrol agents during his short tenure at the agency.
Last week, Morgan told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs that Trump had not called to ask him to run ICE, but added: “If he asked, I would work for him in a heartbeat.”