President Trump Names Former Obama Official as Leader of ICE

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President Trump Names Former Obama Official as Leader of ICE

Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on

Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Initial Observations of the New Leadership at the US Border Patrol" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 30, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Initial Observations of the New Leadership at the US Border Patrol" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 30, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Initial Observations of the New Leadership at the US Border Patrol" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 30, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump named Mark Morgan, former FBI agent and Border Patrol Chief under President Obama, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday.

The President announced his pick in a tweet yesterday, saying, “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 an American Patriot. He will do a great job!”

Morgan’s policy beliefs in relation to border security and immigration mirror the president’s, as Morgan not only believes in the border wall and the national emergency declared to receive funding, but he also agrees with President Trump’s assertion that illegal immigrants that have been caught crossing the border should be sent to sanctuary cities.

“I’ve been there,” Morgan said last month in an interview with Fox News. “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?”

Morgan’s selection, which would require Senate confirmation, is a stark example of steps the president is taking to implement stronger policies along the border. In recent weeks, several top immigration officials have left the administration, including the former Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. In April, the president also withdrew his previous nominee for ICE, Ronald Vitiello, saying he wanted the agency to go in a “tougher” direction.

In a statement to NPR, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, praised Morgan’s selection.

“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,” said McAleenan. “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.”

Morgan was the first Border Patrol chief in the agency’s history who never worked as a Border Patrol agent.