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Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar'

Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar'
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE said Friday that former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan is returning to the administration as a “border czar.”

During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Homan would be working at the White House and report directly to him.

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“He'll be a border czar. He'll be reporting directly to me,” the president said. "He’s going to be very involved with the border.”

The White House declined to comment when asked for further details about Homan’s appointment. 

Homan left the administration last April to retire from public service. He was known as a staunch defender of Trump’s immigration policies, often appearing in the White House press briefing room or cable news to tout them.

Trump has been looking for someone to serve as a border “czar” for months as his frustration mounts over the growing number of migrants from Central America crossing the U.S. southern border.

The president recently installed Ken Cuccinelli, a fellow immigration hard-liner, as the acting director of ICE, part of a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security that was engineered in part by White House adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerCensus Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says Trump must concede as a holiday gift to the nation Pompeo to quarantine after contact with someone COVID-19 positive MORE.