Trump has chosen former Obama Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan to take over the leadership of ICE. Morgan is an excellent choice. Even though he worked for the Obama administration, he has been public about his support for Trump and his belief that there is a crisis at the border.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump taps Obama-era Border Patrol chief to run ICE
President Trump announced Sunday his new pick to run the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Trump announced over Twitter that Mark Morgan, who previously served as head of Border Patrol under former President Barack Obama, would be filling the role.
“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!”
Here’s Trump’s tweet:
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 also fully supports the idea of the border wall.
The Daily Signal reports:
Morgan strongly supports the border wall as part of a larger solution, and has in recent months gained much media attention as the former Obama official who backed Trump’s call for a better barrier at the border.
“One of my catchphrases I’ve been saying is, ‘We need to do it all, including the wall,’” Morgan said in the interview with The Daily Signal. “So the American people need to understand the wall is still an integral part of securing the border. … Again, the wall is part of that multilayer strategy of infrastructure, technology, and personnel and strategic locations that … the Border Patrol needs.”
As director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he wouldn’t be dealing with the border, but interior enforcement. Nevertheless, if barriers to illegal entry are effective, that likely would affect interior enforcement efforts.
“San Diego for example, just a few short miles, you saw the numbers of illegal immigration go down by 90% [after a wall was erected],” he said. “You saw that in Yuma … a few miles of border and you saw again the estimates were between 90% and 95% of illegal immigration went down. Crime in that county went down drastically.”
Morgan will be great in this position.