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

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty 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 MillerTrump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Democrats, advocates blast reported White House plan to cut refugee cap to zero Unconfirmed by Senate, Cuccinelli sees power, influence grow on immigration MORE.