By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 5/29/19
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced Tuesday that Mark Morgan, former head of Border Patrol in both the Obama and Trump Administration, has officially been sworn in as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Morgan’s last held office was in January 2017 as head of Border Patrol before being forced to depart six days after Trump was sworn in as President.
In the same announcement, McAleenan praised Morgan for his prior experience. “During our previous work together, Mark proved that he is firmly committed to our national security and public safety missions, and he is well-prepared to provide strong leadership to ICE in the face of numerous challenges, including the current humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border.”
Despite his recent experience, including his years in the FBI and as a Marine, Morgan has been criticized by Republicans and Trump supporters for his remarks against President Trump after being ousted as head of Border Patrol. Despite him being independent, he criticized Trump for firing him, stating that it was “in the name of politics” and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
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