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

Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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 MillerBiden fills immigration court with Trump hires Sunday shows preview: Biden hits the road to promote infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Trump speechwriter calls Biden address 'tedious' MORE.